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In the United States postponed the start of the modernization of thermonuclear bombs to the level of B61-12

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The United States has pushed the start of mass production of the B61-12 thermonuclear bombs and the W88 ALT 370 warheads for ballistic missile submarines. According to Defense News, the US National Nuclear Safety Administration said this.


In the United States postponed the start of the modernization of thermonuclear bombs to the level of B61-12


The United States postponed the start of serial modernization of thermonuclear bombs to the level of B61-12 for at least a year and a half. The reason for this long delay was the detection of the fragility of some parts used in the design of the munition, which jeopardizes the reliability weapons.

Details of the tests are not given, however, it is known that at present, specialists are selecting new spare parts that satisfy the military's requirements for service life. Serial production will begin only after new tests with new elements.

Development aviation B61-12 bombs, a new generation of ammunition in the B61 family, have been underway since 2012. The new ammunition will replace all types of B61, as well as B83 bombs, which have been in service since 1983. In this case, new B61-12 will not be released - this version will be redone with a partial replacement of parts with new existing B61 ​​bombs of different versions.

According to official information, the B61-12 or LEP (Life Extension Program) is designed to modernize the critical component of the United States nuclear arsenals. As part of the project, it was required to create a set of additional equipment with which it was possible to increase the life of the bombs, as well as increase their combat characteristics and safety parameters. In the new project, it was required to make maximum use of the components and assemblies of the existing B61 bombs of various modifications. In addition, it was assumed that the new B61-12 product will replace all its predecessors. The development of new nuclear weapons in the United States was completed in 2016. It was reported that during the upgrade, the life of the oldest B61 warheads will be extended by at least another twenty years.

The tactical thermonuclear bomb B61 of the first version was developed in the early sixties. In 1966, this product was adopted. Later several modifications of the bomb were created, some of which entered service and were used by the air force. The development of new modifications of the bomb continued for several decades. For example, the product B61-11 was developed and put into service at the turn of the nineties and the two thousandth.

To date, the US Air Force has five types of bombs, which are available in expanded form or in warehouses. The B61-3, B61-4, B61-7 and B61-11 products continue to operate. B61-10 bombs have been put in reserve, but can be redeployed if necessary.
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  1. andrewkor
    andrewkor 8 September 2019 15: 10
    +5
    Do not understand these bombs, what is free fall?
    Carriers - one-way flight against modern air defense and then if they break through.
    In general, experts explain the concept of the use of this ammunition.
    I understand that in the 60-ies the hope for their effective application was smoldering, but today, against C-400 there is a big question!
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 8 September 2019 15: 17
      +1
      Quote: andrewkor
      In general, experts explain the concept of the use of this ammunition.
      I understand that in the 60-ies the hope for their effective application was smoldering, but today, against C-400 there is a big question!

      You do not understand. Nobody is worried about the real effectiveness of the use of ammunition. Because striped ears are convinced that they have the most deadly weapon on earth - the green candy wrapper. Because with one click of the mouse you can release as many of these "weapons" as you want. You don't even need to spend money on paper.
      And all these modernizations are a planned "cut", and there is a formal reason to "tighten up" the process. And they will pull. At least 10 years old. At least 20 ...
    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 8 September 2019 15: 28
      +2
      These are accurate bombs. But not planning. They must be dropped directly over the target. Then their seeker let them "steer" and get right on target.
      1. Sergey-8848
        Sergey-8848 8 September 2019 15: 51
        +1
        At this time (we are talking about a nuclear attack), all bombarded are protected by "Thor" or "Shell". So what?
    3. NEXUS
      NEXUS 8 September 2019 15: 57
      +4
      Quote: andrewkor
      I understand that in the 60-ies the hope for their effective application was smoldering, but today, against C-400 there is a big question!

      This will be used in two cases. The first, after the main missile strike. When, as you think, there will be neither C-400, nor other air defense systems. And the second, with a small nuclear warhead, to iron out unwanted regimes in the framework of a local war.
    4. codetalker
      codetalker 8 September 2019 17: 12
      -1
      It’s just that it wasn’t supposed 25-30 ago that there would be a + \ - technologically equal adversary capable of creating a serious air defense system. But to iron the Papuans it is.
      1. viktor_ui
        viktor_ui 9 September 2019 04: 59
        0
        But to iron the Papuans, it’s the most ... THERMOENCED BOMBS to iron these Papuans in your opinion ??? Clearly, Monday begins on Saturday ... especially equal in terms of technology and, apparently, in the technological structure - who do you mean, please specify. I ask you as a Papuan Papuan wassat
        1. codetalker
          codetalker 9 September 2019 12: 06
          0
          Papuans are different. For some, thermonuclear bombs are needed.
          I clarify: I mean Russia.
  2. dzvero
    dzvero 8 September 2019 15: 15
    +3
    Parts ... and those that are already on charges are in what condition? Or they haven’t been checked yet. smile So does the US have nuclear weapons in working condition?
    1. bayard
      bayard 8 September 2019 21: 19
      +1
      Quote: dzvero
      So does the US have nuclear weapons in working condition?

      In the best case, several hundred (including tactical and strategic media). Until a new radiochemical plant for the production of weapons-grade plutonium \ uranium is launched, the number of these ammunition will be steadily reduced and will disappear by about 2022.
      1. dzvero
        dzvero 9 September 2019 10: 02
        +2
        Q.E.D. And to understand where the legs of the US desire to eliminate nuclear weapons on a global scale grow from. Do not pull ...
  3. Kontrik
    Kontrik 8 September 2019 15: 20
    -5
    Sakharov supposedly suggested developing thermonuclear torpedoes to shell the US coast .. One military-industrial complex general called him a killer maniac ..
    And only then he became a "peacemaker" thanks to his Jewish wife .. (he died and took all the information with him, the good fellow did not tell his wife!)))
    Perhaps there are bookmarks and waiting for the team .. hi
    1. Karabas
      Karabas 8 September 2019 16: 29
      +2
      Perhaps there are bookmarks and waiting for the team ..

      They don’t lie and cannot lie, because each vigorous loaf must be constantly maintained and uranium-plutonium is not a pyramid of a cheops, it spoils.
  4. Kenxnumx
    Kenxnumx 8 September 2019 15: 27
    +1
    Strange news. How poorly translated
    1. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 8 September 2019 15: 41
      +1
      https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2019/09/04/nuclear-gravity-bomb-and-warhead-upgrades-face-new-delays/
      That's right. And they write. That for -61-12 the delay can be reduced, and for the second the delay is even less
      1. Kenxnumx
        Kenxnumx 8 September 2019 15: 46
        0
        Postponed the start of modernization due to the fragility of the parts. So this is just a reason to accelerate the modernization.
        1. Boa kaa
          Boa kaa 8 September 2019 20: 37
          +1
          Quote: Ken71
          Postponed the start of modernization due to the fragility of the parts. So this is just a reason to accelerate the modernization.

          It depends on what spare parts are missing! All sorts of "pieces of iron" the Yankees can do ... except for nuclear fuses, tk. They have ruined their nuclear complex ... That is why they cannot modernize their beaters as quickly as they would like ... They cannot "speed up modernization."
          But.
  5. Rwmos
    Rwmos 8 September 2019 15: 30
    +1
    This is called cannibalism. Because with the enrichment of uranium and the production of plutonium - it is dull, like in a tank, it is necessary to rivet at least something that smells from the rest. However, in the process of trimming sturgeon, they found that they were not able to do this either. Now they are sitting and thinking - no matter what kind of commercial they shoot (they still don’t know how to do anything else). to give out my own curvature for help?
  6. spech
    spech 8 September 2019 15: 32
    +1
    Now a dozen lard will be asked.
  7. sanya_sergant
    sanya_sergant 8 September 2019 15: 41
    +8
    Free-falling thermonuclear bomb.
    Some kind of stone age.
    1. abrakadabre
      abrakadabre 8 September 2019 15: 48
      0
      Some kind of stone age.
      The Stone Age would be if a runner with a backpack or a pack animal were used to deliver to the goal.
      1. Karabas
        Karabas 8 September 2019 16: 31
        0
        The Stone Age would be if a runner with a backpack or a pack animal were used to deliver to the goal.

        On the contrary, it is now high-tech, because more economical than an airplane or rocket laughing
        1. abrakadabre
          abrakadabre 8 September 2019 21: 16
          0
          On the contrary, it is now high-tech, because more economical than an airplane or rocket
          Rather environmentally friendly delivery. How fashionable today. wassat
  8. Shuttle
    Shuttle 8 September 2019 15: 49
    +4
    Pysatel note (hello from Aunt Wiki hi ).
    Thermonuclear weapons (hydrogen bomb) - a type of nuclear weapon whose destructive power is based on the use of reaction energy nuclear fusion of light elements into heavier ones (for example, the synthesis of one nucleus of a helium atom from two nuclei of deuterium atoms), in which energy is released.
    B61 was not thermonuclear in any modification. It was only nuclear, i.e. used energy released as a result of an avalanche-like nuclear chain fission reaction of heavy nuclei and / or thermonuclear fusion reaction of light nuclei. Therefore, calling B61 a thermonuclear bomb is a mistake. So that there are no overseas pissed off... Yes, with variable power level. More precisely controlled. But these are already details. The main thing is that this "silver bullet" has never been a thermonuclear (ie, hydrogen) bomb.
    The main difference of the 12 modification is not the charge at all, but that, unlike the previous ones, this is not a freely falling projectile, but a guided one and there is a suspicion that even a little planning nuclear (not to be confused with a thermonuclear!) Bomb. Why is it needed? So that in conditions of tactical use of the nucleus-loaf, the carrier aircraft would drop it far and high from the target, and the bomb itself would find it.
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 8 September 2019 21: 45
      +2
      Quote: Shuttle
      The main difference between the 12 modification is not the charge at all ...
      From open sources it follows that a total of B61 released 3155 units. "In 2002, 1900 units were written off, about 1200 units remained. But they needed to be maintained in the BG and, if possible, modernized. Therefore, in 2010, the US Department of Energy allocates $ 2,0 billion for upgrading the B61 to version 12. The tail section is being processed. for equipment with GPS guidance, the bomb receives a charge power switch for 0,3; 1,5; 10,0 or 50 kT. It adapts to the new F-35 carrier. In total, 61 billion are needed to upgrade all B12s to version 8,1. .doll.
      /// TTX of the bomb - its size: L = 3,6m; d = 0,33m; m = 220kg: V reset = to 1,6M with H = from 500m to 20,0 km ... Can plan up to D = 3-x N reset. Explosion delay can reach up to 80 seconds. Accuracy with laser control - up to 1-2,0 m ///
  9. monah
    monah 8 September 2019 15: 50
    0
    Guys, I’m not a learned nuclear scientist write at least briefly what it is B61-12, I don’t need these numbers.
    1. cniza
      cniza 8 September 2019 18: 26
      +1
      The total production volume of all modifications of the B61 is approximately 3155 items, of which about 150 strategic bombs, about 400 non-strategic munitions are in service, and about 200 non-strategic bombs are stored in reserve [2]. The technical and technological part of warheads has changed little over the years, although early modifications were modernized to improve safety.

      In total, twelve variants (or “modifications”) of the B-61 nuclear bomb were produced. Each modification has a thermonuclear charge with different power levels. The penultimate version of the B-61 is modification 11, created in 1997 and which is an anti-bunker bomb. The final option is modification 12, a guided bomb, tested without a warhead in 2015.


      This is all in the public domain.
    2. Shuttle
      Shuttle 9 September 2019 06: 50
      0
      Quote: monah
      Guys, I’m not a learned nuclear scientist write at least briefly what it is B61-12, I don’t need these numbers.

      Nuclear bonba with wings, driven by tail, and homing. There is an opportunity to smell in the air, on the surface of the earth, after deepening, as well as in the form of a radio-controlled high-explosive mine. With all this, the charge can, at the request of the owner, work at capacities from 0,3 to 50 kilotons in TNT equivalent.
      In short, a guided nuclear bomb, UYAB.

      Two years ago, RT was very detailed about her, by the way.

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/russian.rt.com/world/article/475019-ssha-modernizaciya-mat-bomba/amp
  10. engineer74
    engineer74 8 September 2019 16: 01
    0
    They explained very delicately that the project did not take off. After ~ a year, they will say that the project is too expensive and will be closed.
    IMHO hi
  11. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 8 September 2019 16: 06
    +3
    They don’t have the spare parts .. huh .. the fillings for special bottles are lacking due to impotence (temporarily, do not flatter yourself) in the enriching industry. Potencies are of course restored, but so far sadness. Here, at the time, Chernomyrdin sold the dofig of our nuclear materials to the Americans, and they were lazy .. There is no silver lining.
  12. Vkd dvk
    Vkd dvk 8 September 2019 17: 10
    0
    Quote: Ken71
    Postponed the start of modernization due to the fragility of the parts. So this is just a reason to accelerate the modernization.

    Right Put dead and unverified items. And soon, and all at once.
    Here, you would be in the NATO commanders.
  13. Old26
    Old26 8 September 2019 17: 37
    +2
    Quote: Sergey-8848
    At this time (we are talking about a nuclear attack), all bombarded are protected by "Thor" or "Shell". So what?

    On the battlefield, too, every meter will be covered with "Thors" and "Shells"?

    Quote: dzvero
    Parts ... and those that are already on charges are in what condition? Or they haven’t been checked yet. smile So does the US have nuclear weapons in working condition?

    Checked. The LEP program has been going on for about 20 years. And bombs in this case are being upgraded on control surfaces. Well, advanced modernization. Nothing critical can be seen in this.

    Quote: Kontrik
    Perhaps there are bookmarks and waiting for the team ..

    Of course, there are rumors that a couple of thousand years will be able to lie laughing Why not lie when they don’t explode. While rusting - much time will pass
  14. Halkoliant
    Halkoliant 8 September 2019 18: 09
    0
    political game ... real bombs are being prepared by diplomats and politicians ...
  15. cniza
    cniza 8 September 2019 18: 23
    +1
    Operation continues with products B61-3, B61-4, B61-7 and B61-11. B61-10 bombs are put into reserve, but can be redeployed if necessary.


    We were forced to dispose of everything, and our own to reserve.
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa 8 September 2019 21: 58
      +1
      Quote: cniza
      We were forced to dispose of everything, and our own to reserve.

      At the beginning of his "reign" Bardak Babama lamented that the Yankees in Europe had only 600 charges, while Russia had 2000! He belittled ... we then had 3800 units.
  16. Old26
    Old26 8 September 2019 20: 25
    +2
    Quote: cniza
    Operation continues with products B61-3, B61-4, B61-7 and B61-11. B61-10 bombs are put into reserve, but can be redeployed if necessary.


    We were forced to dispose of everything, and our own to reserve.

    And what did we recycle? What exactly from tactical nuclear weapons did we destroy?
  17. Chaldon48
    Chaldon48 9 September 2019 00: 13
    0
    Remember how Panikovsky said to Shura Bolagnov in "The Golden Calf": "Cut Shura, cut". Whom are you going to bomb, gentlemen?