B-61-12 for F-35. US finished gravitational nuclear bomb tests
US military officials talked about the secret 12 test of the B-61 gravitational nuclear bomb, according to Military.com.
We have already performed 26 engineering, debugging and flight tests. The program is going very well
- said Deputy Chief of Staff for the strategic deterrence and integration of nuclear weapons, General Jack Weinstein.
Upgraded bombs will be five times more accurate than their predecessors — the B61-3, B61-4, B61-7 and B61-10 munitions.
Class B bombs were developed in the 1963 year. Later they were “taught” to penetrate underground bunkers and control centers. This bomb is unique due to its tail, which allows you to control its fall and improves the accuracy of the strike.
The US military did not specify which aircraft were used during the tests. According to the publication, the new weapon Must be compatible with F-35 Lightning II Fifth Generation Multi-Function Fighter Platforms. It is expected that the first batch of bombs will go into service by the 2020 year.
The United States plans to place bombs on military bases in Europe - Germany, Italy, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands. According to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office for 30 years (2017-2046), upgrading tactical nuclear forces will cost 25 billions of dollars.
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