The national nuclear security administration under the U.S. Department of energy, and U.S. air force successfully tested a nuclear bomb B61 newest 12-th controlled modification. This follows from a press release published on the official website of the us nuclear administration.
The shell was dumped at the landfill Tonopah in the U.S. state of Nevada. The report States that for the first time for these purposes was used the multifunctional lightweight fighter F-16. The test was conducted in the framework of the extension service through the modernization of the B61 nuclear and non-nuclear components of the bombs and while improving the reliability of its security system.
“This demonstration of the effectiveness of the full cycle in real ballistic environment is another achievement of the existing programme to extend the service B61-12”, — are reported words of Brigadier General nuclear administration Michael Latona.
This is the fourth test of the B61-12, the previous three were held in 2015, stated in a press release. At the beginning of October 2016 in the United States tested other upgraded managed nuclear bombs B61-7 and B61-11.
A feature of the 12th modification of the B61 nuclear bomb is its empennage, which makes the projectile is controlled and precise and allows you to drop from a great height. The release of the first sample of the B61-12 is scheduled for 2020. After that, the US will start full-scale serial production of bombs in the new version and its location on military bases in Europe.
The modernized B61-12 should replace bombs B61 other series Seri (B61-3, -4, -7, -10), currently are in service with the US army.
Nuclear bomb the B61 was developed by us military engineers in 1963. Its development was carried out over two years. She was put into serial production and, subsequently, is constantly subjected to modifications and improvements. Length of the bomb is approximately 3.58 metres, a diameter of about 33 cm, weight from 320 to 500 kg. a Nuclear warhead that can carry a bomb reaches a power from 0.3 to over 300 kilotons.