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American nuclear bombs B61 will be controlled

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The International Defense Review magazine in Daniel Wasserbly's article "US defense leaders outline plan for nuclear gravity bomb upgrades", citing information from US Department of Defense officials, reports on the Life Extension Program aviation free-fall nuclear bombs B61.


V61 nuclear bombs in conditions of significant reductions in the past two decades of tactical nuclear weapons The US and Russia play an exceptionally important role in the US nuclear arsenal, being today the main US tactical nuclear weapon, as well as the nuclear weapons of the B-2A strategic bombers, and being the only US nuclear weapons deployed on the territory of other states.

American nuclear bombs B61 will be controlled

American tactical nuclear bomb series B61 in the shelter on one of the objects in Europe against the background of the carrier - F-16 (c) US Air Force (via Jane's)


The B61 bombs were developed by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and produced by it from the 1965 of the year to the end of the 1990's in nine production versions. It is estimated that the total number of manufactured ammunition is 3155, of which at least 1000 units now remain in service or in storage. Currently, the B61-3 and B61-4 low-bomb bombs are in service with US and NATO tactical aviation, while the B-61 and B-NNUMX and B-NNXX altitude-bomb bombs are armed with B-7 and B-NNXX-61 high-altitude bombers.

The B61 modernization program was developed as part of a common project to modernize and unify the American nuclear arsenal, designed to replace 12 unique types of nuclear weapons with just five types used on various types of warheads - ICBMs, SLBMs and bombs. Modernization of the B61 is now regarded as a priority, since it has the oldest charge design, the basic elements of which were developed as early as the beginning of the 1960-s.

The LEP program will create a single B61 bomb model, called Mod 12 (B61-12), which will replace all modifications of the B61 tactical and strategic bombs (as well as a small number of B83 bombs stored in warehouses). Since the production of new nuclear charges has not been carried out in the USA since the end of the 1990-ies, the B61-12 charge will be a modernized charge of cash bombs. It is estimated that B61-12 will have a power in the region of 50 kilotons.

At the same time, the B61-12 bomb will become highly accurate, receiving a guidance system similar to the guided JDAM bombs. There will also be a new tail section with steering wheels. The new tail section will make it possible to abandon the old parachute system, as well as allow the B61-12 bomb to be placed in the internal weapons bays of the main American advanced tactical aircraft carrier - the F-35 aircraft.

The US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) predicts the cost of the B61 Bomb Upgrade Program at 8,1 billion to the 2024 year. Such a cost is expected to cause discontent in Congress, especially under budgetary constraints and sequestration. US Deputy Secretary of Defense for Global Strategy Issues Madeleine Cridon said at a congressional hearing that "the impact of sequestration threatens to undermine efforts [to modernize nuclear warheads] and contribute to the further increase in unplanned costs by lengthening development and production periods." She also pointed out that the budget cuts as a result of the sequestration have so far delayed the B61 modernization program by about six months, and the start date for the production of the first B61-12 serials has already "gone" before the start of the 2020 year.
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  1. rrrd
    rrrd 5 November 2013 12: 14
    10
    here you have the rejection of nuclear weapons! all more sophisticated invent the death of the usa
    1. Lord of the Sith
      Lord of the Sith 5 November 2013 12: 17
      -2
      But the point, it’s still not rockets, but freely falling bombs. Now this weapon is not relevant.
      1. rrrd
        rrrd 5 November 2013 12: 19
        0
        so they are close to our borders not yet modernized.
      2. mirag2
        mirag2 5 November 2013 12: 47
        0
        Yes, it’s not relevant, this is the modernization of American nuclear weapons, which was recently talked about.
        I also think that this is all nonsense — they’re not modernizing it, don’t let it go.
        Unless, of course, they’ll introduce something worthless into a single network battle system ...
      3. AVV
        AVV 5 November 2013 12: 58
        +5
        Yes, it would be better if these charges were used to fuel their nuclear power plants, now they are straining America !!! In January, they will consider the budget again, maybe they will reduce the defense budget !!! This would be the best !!!
        1. clidon
          clidon 5 November 2013 17: 58
          0
          They part and let. By the way, they have very few tactical ammunition. Less than Russia.
      4. having
        having 5 November 2013 17: 23
        +3
        Very true remark. I think I want to scare the world, and they pour all sorts of nonsense. It’s not possible to check anyway. But you can catch the horror.
        1. clidon
          clidon 5 November 2013 17: 59
          +1
          And what's the horror?
      5. Scoun
        Scoun 5 November 2013 18: 41
        0
        Quote: Sith Lord
        But the point, it’s still not rockets, but freely falling bombs. Now this weapon is not relevant.

        It seems to me that you got excited here, this topic just got a new development.
        This smart little bomb belongs to the Spice-1000 and Spice -2000 families. Spice-250 weighs 150 kilograms, does not have an engine and will be ready for adoption within two years. The bomb opens its wings after dropping from a fighter and is capable of hitting targets at a distance up to 100 kilometers.

        Such a bomb falls / flies and go and find out what kind of bomb it is, with what filling and even shoot it in time, and even shoot all the bombs with missiles .... in general, the United States needs to be felled, let them use their charges for nuclear power plants.
        1. Lord of the Sith
          Lord of the Sith 5 November 2013 21: 40
          +1
          this is already considered a planning bomb.
    2. alone
      alone 5 November 2013 19: 00
      0
      Quote: rrrd
      here you have the rejection of nuclear weapons!


      no one refused him. If honestly, I was recently surprised that in one comment it was written literally about the fact that the amers do not have the money and the ability to upgrade their nuclear ammunition. As we see, they are updating and, therefore, they are not getting any money on it either.
    3. Realist58
      Realist58 6 November 2013 01: 10
      0
      Looks outright delirium.
      Any weapon is used for specific purposes. What goals can this ammunition have, I honestly can’t even imagine.
      Well, apart from the goals of snapping a little bit of money out of the pockets of amerovsky taxpayers, for the "noble" goal of maintaining the standard of living of the poor ameroevreysky oligarchs.
  2. major071
    major071 5 November 2013 12: 25
    +8
    Lord of the Sith Today, 12: 17
    But the point, it’s still not rockets, but freely falling bombs. Now this weapon is not relevant.

    Here I do not agree with you. A precision bomb, and even with nuclear stuffing, is a very serious weapon. Only a method of delivery by air. Therefore, it is necessary to create a shield over the territory of Russia and its friendly states, capable of not only intercepting missiles, but also aircraft.
    1. Migari
      Migari 5 November 2013 12: 45
      +2
      What is now being done, the S-300 is being deployed in the CIS.
      In the future, this system will most likely become the basis for the Eastern European zone of a single air defense of the CIS. In addition, plans are to create a Caucasian and Central Asian air defense zone. In January, an agreement on the formation of a single air defense system was signed with Kazakhstan, which can receive C-300 complexes free of charge by the end of the year.
    2. w.ebdo.g
      w.ebdo.g 5 November 2013 13: 01
      +4
      major071, intercepting missiles is MUCH MUCH more complicated than airplanes.
      sizes smaller, overload maneuvers larger ...


      1. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich 5 November 2013 13: 14
        +2
        and it depends on many factors, you can intercept in bulk ... along with a launcher or ship.
    3. ramzes1776
      ramzes1776 5 November 2013 18: 24
      +1
      Quote: major071
      A precision bomb, and even with nuclear stuffing, is a very serious weapon.

      And why is a high-precision nuclear bomb to be done? It already covers everything within a radius of 50-100 km.
    4. Scoun
      Scoun 5 November 2013 18: 45
      +1
      Quote: major071
      Here I do not agree with you. A precision bomb, and even with nuclear stuffing, is a very serious weapon.

      +
      This smart little bomb belongs to the Spice-1000 and Spice -2000 families. Spice-250 weighs 150 kilograms, does not have an engine and will be ready for adoption within two years. The bomb opens its wings after dropping from a fighter and is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 100 kilometers.

      After all, it was recently discussed) 0
      http://topwar.ru/29831-izrailskaya-bomba-sposobnaya-spravitsya-s-300.html
    5. igor36
      igor36 6 November 2013 08: 39
      0
      Quote: major071
      A precision bomb, and even with nuclear stuffing, is a very serious weapon.

      JDAM type bomb - controlled free-fall. When dropped from a high altitude at a supersonic speed, the range is about 20 km, with 11 m achieved at the KVO tests. For nuclear munitions, this is necessary only in the version of the anti-bunker bomb to destroy bunkers and silo launchers of ICBMs. All other targets with a 50 kt warhead can be destroyed without any modernization. for comparison, the bomb power in Hiroshima is 13-18 kt, in Nagasaki 21 kt.
      1. clidon
        clidon 6 November 2013 08: 48
        0
        Well, this is how to say it. For example, the accumulation of tanks at the station, it’s more profitable to hit not from scatter + - kilometer
  3. svp67
    svp67 5 November 2013 12: 56
    +1
    She also pointed out that budget cuts resulting from the sequestration have already delayed the B61 modernization program by about six months, and the start date for production of the first production B61-12 has already "passed" by early 2020.
    So you look and generally "go away ..."
  4. knn54
    knn54 5 November 2013 13: 54
    +2
    The accuracy of rocket hits is from 2 meters to 10 meters, they want to achieve 1 meter and reduce the weight of the rocket / charge by 5 kilograms! They are asking Congress for another 400 million dollars - they will increase the flight range of the missiles by another couple of kilometers! Serdyukov is resting ...
    But seriously - this is not modernization, but the creation of a new family of bombs.
    1. clidon
      clidon 5 November 2013 18: 02
      0
      This is the creation of a new family of air bombs by modernizing the old ones. In general, everything is trite ...
  5. lelikas
    lelikas 5 November 2013 14: 27
    +2
    I can be mistaken, but for the atomic bomb (I’m already old-fashioned), the bomb + - a dozen meters no longer plays a role - it will still fall into the epicenter.
    1. clidon
      clidon 5 November 2013 18: 03
      +1
      And two or three hundred meters when a protected object is hit?
      1. ramzes1776
        ramzes1776 5 November 2013 18: 36
        +2
        Quote: clidon
        And two or three hundred meters when a protected object is hit?

        For this, other bombs are available in conventional equipment. For example, BLU-109
        1. clidon
          clidon 5 November 2013 20: 31
          0
          The nuclear bomb does all these BLUs in terms of parameters
      2. lelikas
        lelikas 6 November 2013 00: 15
        0
        Quote: clidon
        two to three hundred meters

        Even the world's first bombers, where grenades were thrown by the "operator" by eye, were not so smeared.
        1. clidon
          clidon 6 November 2013 05: 36
          0
          The world's first bombers at such speeds and at such ranges did not throw ammunition.
  6. starhina01
    starhina01 5 November 2013 14: 41
    0
    why are they? warheads could just be stuffed into a rocket request
    1. clidon
      clidon 5 November 2013 18: 04
      0
      And how then to drag this rocket? Here the carrier is an ordinary tactical fighter, not a bomber.
  7. me
    me 5 November 2013 16: 48
    +1
    It’s interesting, but you can put this bomb on the unmanned f-15, it would turn out quite well.
    1. clidon
      clidon 5 November 2013 18: 05
      +4
      First you need to get an unmanned F-15, and then think about why it is needed. )
    2. alone
      alone 5 November 2013 19: 03
      0
      Quote: i
      It’s interesting, but you can put this bomb on the unmanned f-15, it would turn out quite well.


      they just have an unmanned f-16, which is the carrier of the bomb.
      1. clidon
        clidon 5 November 2013 20: 15
        +1
        They do not have an unmanned F-16 "bomb carrier".
  8. maksim
    maksim 5 November 2013 18: 48
    +1
    plus or minus a kilometer what difference does it drop where it is not anti-bunker?
    1. clidon
      clidon 5 November 2013 20: 17
      0
      For some reason, this is very important for ICBM warheads - 300 KVO or 100, and here you are scattered in kilometers. Although they are also not anti-bunker.
  9. vitantin
    vitantin 5 November 2013 20: 06
    0
    Interestingly 50 kilotons is powerful? Enough to destroy an average city?
    1. Kars
      Kars 5 November 2013 20: 17
      +1
      Quote: vitantin
      Interestingly 50 kilotons is powerful?



      http://www.gradremstroy.ru/yadernyj-udar
    2. clidon
      clidon 5 November 2013 20: 17
      0
      Look at Hiroshima and answer yourself. 50 kt from Hiroshima differ "slightly" in power.
  10. voliador
    voliador 5 November 2013 20: 34
    +1
    In Hiroshima, 10 kt exploded. I think that everyone saw the consequences, so 50 kt is not enough (for small towns and similar areal targets).
  11. vitantin
    vitantin 5 November 2013 21: 13
    0
    Yeah! But the size of the bomb can not be said.
  12. Silkway0026
    Silkway0026 5 November 2013 22: 00
    +2
    drank dibs. such bombs - kilometer there - kilometer here - what difference does it make.
  13. chunga-changa
    chunga-changa 5 November 2013 22: 04
    +3
    The first guided nuclear bomb breaks through the wall of the house and explodes, the second flies into the resulting hole and explodes. Apparently something like that will be used. Or for example, there is a terrorist, and there are peaceful people nearby, it is clear that if you get into a terrorist exactly, there will be fewer victims among civilians. Unfortunately, radiation sickness is still poorly treated, but there is nothing to be done, there is nothing to stand next to a terrorist.
  14. Koronik
    Koronik 6 November 2013 05: 42
    0
    "The first guided nuclear bomb breaks through the wall of a house and explodes, the second flies into the resulting hole and explodes."
    Gentlemen of the fighters about Rambo have seen enough, remember the laws of physics so far no one has canceled them. And if we destroy terrorists with nuclear beans, then the whole end of terrorism.