What Happened When The US Military Dropped Metal Rods From Space?
By Sarah Norman | February 6, 2024
Lazy Dog Bombs
In the ever-evolving realm of military innovation and strategic warfare, there exists a concept that might seem plucked straight from the pages of a science fiction thriller: Project Thor. This might sound like nonsense, but when it was introduced in the 1950s it was seen as a potential game-changer.
From its humble origins in the era of "Lazy Dog" bombs to the mind-boggling prospect of 'Rods from God' raining down from outer space, Project Thor remains one of the most unhinged military ideas of the 20th century.
Strap in and let's take a look at this terrifying concept meant to revolutionize modern warfare as we know it.
To understand the origins of Project Thor, we need to hark back to the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During those conflicts, the military employed "Lazy Dog" bombs. These small kinetic projectiles, only 1.75 inches long and 0.50 inches in diameter, resembled conventional bombs but were designed to rain down on enemy troops, causing damage akin to a vertically fired machine gun.
From Led To Tungsten
The concept of dropping solid steel pieces from aircraft evolved into something much grander. Instead of steel, the U.S. Air Force envisioned dropping massive tungsten rods from space. These "telephone pole-sized" rods would measure 20 feet in length and one foot in diameter, hurtling towards Earth at remarkable speeds.