Defence experts who have been researching the dotbomb are urging armed forces to be careful with it.
General Ricochet, who heads the research project said there was no doubt the dotbomb had potential as a weapon of mass distraction.
“It’s a sort of modern-day blunderbuss which could be used like a scatter-gun with non-nuclear fallout,” he said.
“We’re especially excited about the way it manages to keep exploding without destroying itself. This could have positive implications for defence budgets”
However, the General warned that the unpredictable nature of the prototype did raise concerns about whether the dotbomb could be safely used in field conditions.
“We need to be very cautious about the wide-spread deployment of a weapon like this. It’s possible its potential for inflicting damage on victims who had even passing contact with it months before it’s fired could contravene the Geneva Convention.
“We’re also concerned about the risk of widespread collateral damage once it’s deployed and we can’t yet be sure it won’t backfire.”