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New Yorker: Turkish putsch has questioned the safety of nuclear weapons based at the Incirlik base

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The attempted coup in Turkey makes us think about the safety of nuclear weapons NATO, stored on the base "Incirlik", writes columnist for the magazine New Yorker. His article leads RIA News.




“On Saturday, the Incirlik military base was de-energized, and access to it was blocked by local authorities, all air operations were also stopped, since the Turkish government closed the airspace for military aircraft. On Sunday, the head of the military base, General Bekir Ercan Van, was detained on charges of complicity in an attempt to seize power in Turkey, ”the article says.

The author cites the words of the Director of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Christensen, who asserts that "in the underground storages of the Turkish Air Force base there are about 50 hydrogen bombs B61, whose nuclear charge can be modified depending on the specific mission."

The publication recalls that “in the middle of 1960's, more than 7 of thousands of US nuclear weapons were deployed in Western Europe, Greece and Turkey, but personnel from other countries were involved in the maintenance, transportation and storage of weapons, which caused it can be stolen or used by NATO allies. " Therefore, later, code switches were installed inside the bombs, which are designed to block the detonation in case of entering the wrong code.

However, it is possible to deceive protection with technical skills. “With a few hours, tools and training, you can open a NATO repository, get nuclear weapons and bypass the defense mechanism. You can use nuclear weapons in a matter of seconds, ”writes the browser.

At the same time, he notes that “although more nuclear weapons are stored at the Incirlik base than at any other NATO base, there is not a single American or Turkish aircraft for their delivery”.

“The bombs just lie on the base under the ground and wait for them to be used or they fall into the wrong hands,” concludes the publication.
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  1. Koresh
    Koresh 19 July 2016 10: 42
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    But it seems to me that some military officials will decide to go over to partisanism on their territory against the Erdogan regime. And they can, after all, navigate the base, and begin blackmail.
    1. Starover_Z
      Starover_Z 19 July 2016 10: 51
      +5
      However, to defend the defense, having technical skills, is possible. “With a few hours, tools and training, you can open a NATO repository, get nuclear weapons and bypass the defense mechanism. You can use nuclear weapons in seconds. ”

      Well, again, there was a reason to place units of the American army
      "to guard and limit unauthorized access to the components of nuclear weapons"!
      What Americans will not use soon.
      And the option of withdrawing this weapon for them is "not an option" interesting ?!
      1. def89
        def89 19 July 2016 12: 09
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        Or maybe Turkey decided to acquire its own yao, for which this farce is called an attempted coup?
      2. Rus2012
        Rus2012 19 July 2016 13: 13
        +1
        At the same time, he notes that “although the Incirlik base contains more nuclear weapons than any other NATO base,


        Quote: Starover_Z
        Well, again, there was a reason to place units of the American army
        "to guard and limit unauthorized access to the components of nuclear weapons"!


        ... 3,14ndos are burning!
        For such a turn of events, you must certainly. Option "B" - "self-destruction" of key elements: initiator ... including "cumulative burning" of fissile materials.
        If this is not the case, the UN and the IAEA are urgently required to WITHDRAWAL of these ammunition!
      3. faridg7
        faridg7 19 July 2016 16: 09
        +1
        And these devils shared their "advanced" experience at 12 GUMO?
        All the time, I remember a meeting with an American engineer who came to us for training and certification (maintenance and repair of trucks). After talking with us, he admitted that for the first time after training, he felt like a student in an exam. Well, of course, he is an engineer, but with imagination he has little that he saw he can draw, but he can’t think of it poorly. That's how the Americans all-tear-at times, and come up with-weakly.
    2. el coyote
      el coyote 19 July 2016 12: 58
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      What partisans? The partisan movement relies primarily on the population of territories occupied or controlled by the enemy. And how to rely on them, if, because of them, in particular, the putsch also bent before it had time to straighten ?!
    3. Razvedka_Boem
      Razvedka_Boem 19 July 2016 16: 43
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      In Pakistan, too, nuclear weapons and at some point, a bunch of inadequate nearly attacked the airfield with special charges, but they agreed with the bearded men or their masters pulled the leash .. In general, nothing happened. It will also be here. the Americans will now begin to escalate .. And they will continue until they agree.
  2. Teberii
    Teberii 19 July 2016 10: 43
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    They were frightened, and earlier, when they brought all this economy, they did not think about Turkish charisma.
    1. Mavrikiy
      Mavrikiy 19 July 2016 10: 53
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      Quote: Teberii
      They were frightened, and earlier, when they brought all this economy, they did not think about Turkish charisma.

      Mauger got scared, but maybe so conceived. The reason how nuclear weapons got to ISIS.
    2. Corsair
      Corsair 19 July 2016 11: 44
      -1
      Quote: Teberii
      They were frightened, and earlier, when they brought all this economy, they did not think about Turkish charisma.

      There are suggestions that they want to take out this "good" before the big batch, it did not work with Ukraine and Syria, they will look for hotter places, play Turkey against someone - this is a very serious chance, business and nothing personal, a big war - big profits, amersky military-industrial complex needs it like air.
  3. maxim1987
    maxim1987 19 July 2016 10: 43
    +1
    as my mom says: "Webnzabitte" dear Americans laughing
  4. Vadim237
    Vadim237 19 July 2016 10: 43
    +1
    Probably we should expect the transportation of all 50 bombs from Turkey to NATO bases in Europe.
    1. Gray brother
      Gray brother 19 July 2016 16: 07
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      Quote: Vadim237
      Probably we should expect the transportation of all 50 bombs from Turkey to NATO bases in Europe.

      I heard for 24 pieces.
      About the "lack of delivery vehicles", the article blatantly lies - B61 can be suspended from fighters. By the number of lies, most likely, too.
  5. Altona
    Altona 19 July 2016 10: 46
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    This is a white fluffy polar animal, comrades. The United States does not have a nuclear storage culture.
    1. your1970
      your1970 19 July 2016 13: 02
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      so they spread them all over the ball in stashes and are waiting. The truth is, what they are waiting for is not entirely clear, they really "use or they will get in the wrong hands".
  6. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 19 July 2016 10: 49
    +5
    How everything is running! Cut without waiting for peritonitis. The Yankees are Go Hom and take your toys. Until someone else played them.
  7. Darkoff
    Darkoff 19 July 2016 10: 49
    +2
    New Yorker: Turkish putsch has questioned the safety of nuclear weapons based at the Incirlik base

    OH YEAH! Nehru to lay out their nuclear warheads around Russia, because she's too big for that!
  8. cost 75
    cost 75 19 July 2016 10: 59
    +3
    It’s they who, through the newspaper, hint at the hint where you can get a comp.
  9. evil partisan
    evil partisan 19 July 2016 11: 04
    +4
    Nuclear weapons should be located exclusively in the territory of the country of its owner. this is what needs to be punched at the UN. Well, or adopt the same habits of dealing with him from the amers ...
  10. pavelty
    pavelty 19 July 2016 11: 06
    +7
    Yeah guys, I recently found out where I have the nearest bomb shelter)) I’ll not get one hell, about three kilometers)
    1. evil partisan
      evil partisan 19 July 2016 11: 48
      +7
      Quote: pavlentiy
      I’ll not get one hell, about three kilometers)

      Start digging a tunnel there. yes If you have time - good. Do not have time - you will meet the war undergroundyes . Already... sad
    2. Vadim237
      Vadim237 19 July 2016 17: 16
      +1
      If you run fast, you can run 3 kilometers in 20 minutes.
  11. Masya masya
    Masya masya 19 July 2016 11: 08
    +4
    So ... Put out the light and there is no globe ...
  12. Arkan
    Arkan 19 July 2016 11: 14
    -1
    The situation in Turkey is very tense and there are a dime a dozen of "proactive comrades" willing to use nuclear weapons for their "peaceful purposes". The Americans have several ways out to resolve the issue of the security of their nuclear weapons, such as redeploying charges to a quieter place or strengthening security by deploying a sufficient number of troops. Time will tell what the Americans will choose.
  13. K-50
    K-50 19 July 2016 11: 30
    +1
    Inside the bombs, code switches were installed that were designed to block the detonation in case of entering the wrong code. However, it’s possible to deceive the defense, having technical skills

    Even if just some dibeloid "crumbles" this crap in a "crowded place", consider that this crowded place will not be a hundred-stop in the next few years, well, you can forget about the surroundings and all the material values ​​in these places. request
  14. SNIF
    SNIF 19 July 2016 11: 47
    -6
    But the putsch in the USSR-Russia in 1991 did not cast doubt on the security of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction?) A lot of things then, due to the typical slovenliness and the collapse of the country, have leaked and can still come around. Google, for example, the death of Ivan Kivelidi
  15. DimYang
    DimYang 19 July 2016 11: 54
    -1
    While it would be necessary for them to agree, but I feel no one will agree. There will be underhanded fuss with the use of prohibited methods.
  16. Gormenghast
    Gormenghast 19 July 2016 11: 57
    -1
    Yes, it is just necessary to fulfill the NPT - not to transfer it to anyone, not to develop (this concerns the Turks) and not to promote the development of nuclear weapons by third countries.

    Bombs were supposed to be exported to the United States 100500 years ago.
  17. Pitot
    Pitot 19 July 2016 12: 02
    -1
    And it reminds me of behavior like urban bandits - the godfather handed out guns to everyone, and even with powerful abnormal charges, and then one of the brigadiers rebelled. Question - what for to distribute such guns to whom not getting? Fear. Fear of the right kid, who can breed the lads, and clean the godfather and pug, up to weaning the territory from which the godfather cuts his own bananas .....
  18. xant
    xant 19 July 2016 13: 20
    -1
    Turkish putsch casts doubt on the safety of the nuclear weapons at the Incirlik base

    the right train of thought! you just need not be shy to further develop them. for example, raise the question of returning them to their homeland.
  19. weksha50
    weksha50 19 July 2016 14: 20
    -1
    "Although Incirlik has more nuclear weapons than any other NATO base, it does not have a single American or Turkish aircraft to deliver them"...

    A strange kind of candibober ... There are bombs, but there are no planes ...
    The journalist simply does not know that it will take very little time to convert some types of aircraft under the AB (WB) carrier for the armament service ... If only the crews (pilots) were prepared in advance ...

    And under the USSR, the Air Force also had ... There were planes quickly converted, and there were trained pilots ...

    But NATO instructors teach Polish pilots how to use AB (WB) ... But AB officially in Poland - no ...
  20. Wolka
    Wolka 19 July 2016 14: 24
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    and where does the junalyug get such awareness about where and what nuclear lies
  21. afrikanez
    afrikanez 19 July 2016 14: 42
    -1
    Turkish coup casts doubt on nuclear safety
    How! And before that it was impossible to think about it. A coup can happen anywhere in such a way that before "shoving" nuclear weapons into their "partners" it would not be bad to initially think about it, but it should be done at all. After all, you are not distributing seeds. fool
  22. Akela
    Akela 19 July 2016 16: 31
    -1
    At this base, Incirlik is the repository of Amer’s nuclear weapons, and the base commander is a key figure in a radical coup, so the nuclear weapons were actually in the hands of the radicals. In Iraq, 40 kilos of weapons-grade uranium have already disappeared, after the amer invasion there. This is how Americans violate the nuclear weapons non-proliferation regime.
  23. Akela
    Akela 20 July 2016 10: 32
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    Secret source in Ankara's intelligence services: Erdogan stopped the coup because he took control of American hydrogen bombs, as interrogations show, the current conspirators, among whom were both middle and senior, received serious guarantees from the US military and diplomatic leadership. They were promised refuge at the base in case of failure.
    THERE WERE HYDROGEN BOMBS
    - And cheated?
    - Not. But the Turks were ready to take the base by storm, but for starters they simply de-energized it. And nuclear weapons are stored there, hydrogen bombs!
    This has never happened! Therefore, the Americans agreed not to interfere with the arrests of the Turkish part of the base.