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The Americans have finalized the thermonuclear warheads of cruise missiles

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The US Department of Energy, in collaboration with contracting organizations, has completed the development of an improved version of the variable-capacity thermonuclear warhead W80-1. According to Aviation Week, the upgrade will significantly extend the service life of warheads adopted for the 1982 year.


The Americans have finalized the thermonuclear warheads of cruise missiles

W80-1 warhead in container


Thermonuclear warhead W80-1 today is in service with the Air Force and the US Navy. It is installed on AGM-86 ALCM cruise missiles, AGM-129 ACM and special versions of Tomahawk. The warhead has power settings that can be set right during the flight. The minimum power of the W80-1 is five kilotons, and the maximum is 150 kilotons.

Upgrading the W80-1 warheads provides for the gradual overhaul of such warheads with the replacement of some components with newer ones. Such a decision will allow both to improve the service life of combat units and to comply with the requirements of the agreement concluded with Russia on the reduction and limitation of strategic offensive arms.

What other parameters of the W80-1 will undergo improvement is not disclosed. As expected, the large-scale modernization of the W80-1 warheads will begin in the 2018 year and end in the 2020. After that, work will begin on developing improvements for the W80-4 combat units, which will be installed on upgraded versions of the ALCM missiles and advanced LRSO cruise missiles, reports "N + 1".
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 27 October 2017 12: 16 New
    +3
    Seems to me to beat first. You don’t have to wait for anything good from the strip-eared inadequate ...
    Yes, wait, throw slippers. Weapons must be created so that they "reach out" for us, feeling insecurity in the reproductive organs, and not we following them ...
    1. pjastolov
      pjastolov 27 October 2017 12: 18 New
      +8
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Seems to me to beat first. You don’t have to wait for anything good from the strip-eared inadequate ...
      Yes, wait, throw slippers. Weapons must be created so that they "reach out" for us, feeling insecurity in the reproductive organs, and not we following them ...

      I completely agree, though then there will be nowhere to live request
      1. cniza
        cniza 27 October 2017 12: 29 New
        +1
        All this is complicated and not unambiguous, but this problem must be solved ... but it has no military solution.
        1. pjastolov
          pjastolov 27 October 2017 12: 32 New
          +5
          Quote: cniza
          All this is complicated and not unambiguous, but this problem must be solved ... but it has no military solution.

          yes, but diplomacy doesn’t work either request perhaps if only topple the dollar
          1. cniza
            cniza 27 October 2017 12: 38 New
            +1
            This is because they "lost" their diplomacy, but it is necessary to decide.
            1. hrych
              hrych 28 October 2017 14: 33 New
              0
              Quote: cniza
              diplomacy "lost"

              So warhead is the best diplomat laughing
              Opus is dedicated to the blogger wassat
              http://cdxnew.narod.ru/usa/weapons/alltypes/w80.h
              tm
              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W80_(nuclear_warhea
              d)
              The W80 is about the size of a regular Mk. 81 250 pounds (110 kg) bombs, 11,8 inches (30 cm) in diameter and 31,4 inches (80 cm) in length, and only slightly heavier about 290 pounds (130 kg). The minimum yield, possibly using only enhanced primary fission, is about 5 kilotons of TNT; the highest yield is equivalent to about 150 thousand tons.
        2. Polite Moose
          Polite Moose 27 October 2017 13: 24 New
          +1
          Quote: cniza
          All this is complicated and not unambiguous, but this problem must be solved ... but it has no military solution.

          I agree. There will be no one to evaluate the loyalty of the chosen military decision. Our “response to Chamberlain” may look like this: the statement from the Moscow Defense Center on the fact that due to the acute shortage of funds caused by anti-Russian economic sanctions and the difficulties encountered in servicing nuclear warheads, all Russian warheads are transferred to a fixed state of maximum power. From 300 ct. and higher. Sorry for the inconvenience, if that.
          To stop the advance of the enemy it is not necessary to mine the road. Enough to hang a sign that says "Mines!"
      2. Lavrenti Pavlovich
        Lavrenti Pavlovich 27 October 2017 17: 29 New
        0
        Quote: pjastolov
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        Seems to me to beat first. You don’t have to wait for anything good from the strip-eared inadequate ...
        Yes, wait, throw slippers. Weapons must be created so that they "reach out" for us, feeling insecurity in the reproductive organs, and not we following them ...

        I completely agree, though then there will be nowhere to live request

        From 1945 to 1998, 2053 nuclear explosions were carried out on the planet. Nothing happened to the planet and if you believe the information from this site about our electronic warfare, air defense, missile defense, strategic missile forces ... then the destruction of North America will not take much time, and we will valiantly ward off the retaliatory strike.
    2. Finches
      Finches 27 October 2017 12: 20 New
      +2
      "The Americans finalized the thermonuclear warheads of cruise missiles " - file? If not and without participation "such a mother", bullshit ... laughing
      1. Solomon Kane
        Solomon Kane 27 October 2017 12: 33 New
        +5
        Putin launched four ballistic missiles during exercises
        ... amerikosy "turned up the volume" on their ..... Bluff! (about the change in flight performance)
        Values ​​of 0,3, 5, 10 and 80 kilotons are available, set by ground support personnel using the appropriate adjustments inside the bomb body before loading it onto the bomber
    3. Vadim851
      Vadim851 27 October 2017 19: 02 New
      0
      Well, surely you can’t beat the first one, it will be even worse, you have to beat everyone, spray the blow, and the answer will be strictly on the population to cause maximum damage. You will also have to choose - the population or the nuclear forces of the enemy. 1500 warheads are not so much for such a task. The potentials of Britain and France should be taken into account, and the carriers are underwater, the survival rate is very high, and Israel should not be discounted, it will hit in such a situation ...
    4. gromoboj
      gromoboj 30 October 2017 04: 17 New
      0
      Quote: Mountain Shooter
      Seems to me to beat first. You don’t have to wait for anything good from the strip-eared inadequate ...

      Attack to the fortuneteller do not go. We have a lot of undemocratic things.
  2. Coconut
    Coconut 27 October 2017 12: 20 New
    0
    Sawing loot for Amers is normal ... anyway, there will be no nuclear war .. otherwise there will be an ass for the whole world winked
  3. sergo1914
    sergo1914 27 October 2017 12: 21 New
    +2
    Thermonuclear 150 kilotons? What for?
    1. basmach
      basmach 27 October 2017 12: 42 New
      +4
      Then, that theoretically only nuclear weapons of any power can be created, practically none. The maximum power of uranium or plutonium nuclear-28 kt. It is to increase the power that thermonuclear amplification is used. Its essence is the introduction of a gas mixture of deuterium-lithium and tritium-lithium before the start of a nuclear reaction (inside the sphere). The initial nuclear explosion serves as a detonator for triggering a thermonuclear reaction (the amount of injected mixture allows you to adjust the force of the explosion). 238 uranium can be used for additional (to the TNW) amplification. starting to share after a thermonuclear reaction. Modernization can be carried out for a neutron source (to start the initial nuclear reaction), for more accurate (simultaneous) detonation of detaors, providing spherical (implosive) compression of the uranium sphere to produce a supercritical mass, for the generator of the mixture itself or for control units. Judging by the size of the head in the photo, the power is really small.
      1. sergo1914
        sergo1914 27 October 2017 14: 22 New
        0
        I mean, thermonuclear less than megaton is just a waste of money and time. The usual charges of 200 kt are collective farms. You need a fusion ... well, dig a canal between Mexico and Canada.
        1. basmach
          basmach 27 October 2017 17: 43 New
          +1
          I explained to you that physically creating a charge from uranium or plutonium more powerful than 28 kilotons will not work. Therefore, thermonuclear gain is used, popularly called a thermonuclear charge. And with such amplification, megatons are obtained.
        2. Sharansky
          Sharansky 28 October 2017 12: 47 New
          0
          Megatons became unnecessary due to the increased accuracy of missile guidance. Several shared warheads of lesser power are ultimately more effective than one healthy one.
  4. Sergey53
    Sergey53 27 October 2017 12: 48 New
    0
    Seriously taken. And we have brains powder.
  5. faterdom
    faterdom 27 October 2017 19: 31 New
    +1
    Somewhere recently there was a review that most U.S. nuclear weapons produced during the Cold War expire, highly enriched uranium or plutonium degrade, and may no longer guarantee a chain reaction when creating a critical mass. Therefore, at a minimum, these elements must be replaced, otherwise the risk is to get simply expensive blanks in warehouses.
  6. Old26
    Old26 27 October 2017 19: 57 New
    +1
    Quote: Sergey53
    Seriously taken. And we have brains powder.

    The usual modernization of the remaining armed warheads. Surely we are doing the same, but just do not give information about this to the network.

    Quote: Finches
    "The Americans finalized the thermonuclear warheads of cruise missiles " - file? If not and without participation "such a mother", bullshit ... laughing

    Well, of course. They cannot modify anything. Only we can all. And all that they do initially is bullshit. But they’re upgrading their bullshit, special missile, replacing everything and all that remains of the old missile is its name and body (and the missiles were launched back in the early 70's). And you write off your miracle rockets of the mid-late 80s sample. Since we can’t establish serial, but not piece-wise modernization of such a level, as the "Unlucky Americans" do. But to say is forever ...

    Quote: Solomon Kane
    ..merikosy "twisted the volume" on their ..... Bluff! (About the change in flight performance)

    And where in the note is it written that they do this in flight? It is enough to do this on earth. Well, if you lock in flight - climb into the bomb bay and change there
  7. Vlad5307
    Vlad5307 28 October 2017 18: 06 New
    0
    Quote: Old26
    And where in the note is it written that they do this in flight? It is enough to do this on earth. Well, if you sniff in flight

    The warhead has power settings that can be set directly during the flight. The minimum power of the W80-1 is five kilotons, and the maximum is 150 kilotons.

    Right here - in the article!