USA successfully test drops nuclear gravity bomb
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 18, 2017,
Apr 18, 2017, 5:57
At the same time as USA officials are totally inconsolable about North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and threatening to attack North Korea over it, U.S. scientists are bragging that a test of an upgraded model of nuclear bomb for the United States were conducted successfully.
Work on the B61-12 has been ongoing for years, and government officials say the latest tests using mock versions of the bomb will be vital to the refurbishing effort.
With a mere puff of dust, the mock bomb landed in a dry lake bed at the Tonopah Test Range.
The US recently completed flight testing for its gravity nuclear bomb in Nevada.
The flight test included hardware designed by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, manufactured by the Nuclear Security Enterprise plants, and mated to the tail-kit assembly section, designed by the Boeing Company under contract with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.
The B61 nuclear gravity bomb first entered service in 1968, and four variants remain in the USA nuclear stockpile, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
"An F-16 fighter from Nellis Air Force Base dropped the "non-nuclear test assembly", the NNSA statement said". Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA's principal assistant deputy administrator for military application. Last year, the NNSA announced that the B61-12 warhead life extension program (LEP) had entered the production engineering phase, which is the final stage before production.
The announcement comes in the wake of a failed nuclear missile test launch in North Korea on Sunday.
President Donald Trump has endorsed an ambitious - and expensive - plan to modernize the USA nuclear triad, begun under his predecessor.
"In order to placate his critics, in the media and in politics, Trump has given a blank check to his generals".
The test of the B61-12 was carried out on March 14, but the announcement was made on April 13, the same day that Washington dropped a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) in Afghanistan.