US to produce a modernized atomic bomb
12:54, 2 August 2016

US to produce a modernized atomic bomb

Serial production launch is scheduled for 2020

12:54, 2 August 2016

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US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) gave its authorization to start the preparatory phase to the production of the modernized nuclear B61-12 bomb. This was announced in a post on NNSA web-site

"At the moment, B61 has the most outdated component base in US arsenal. The resource extension program will extend the life of the system for at least twenty years", - said the head of NNSA Frank Klotz.

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The work on the engineering stage of the program was carried out during 4 years. Serial production launch is scheduled for 2020.

B61 is a major thermonuclear weapon of the strategic US nuclear forces. It is a modification of nuclear weapon developed in 1960s. It is assumed that the B61-12 will replace nuclear bombs of the 3rd, 4th, 7th and 10th versions, which are in the service of US Air Force today.

US is planning to deploy B61-12 bombs to European NATO bases.

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