In the United States conducted a final test of upgraded nuclear bombs B61-12. According to preliminary findings, during the test run, no failures were noted.
In the USA there are 4 modifications of the nuclear bomb B61 - -3, -4, -7 and -10. In the framework of the modernization program to replace them should come 1 - the B61-12, which is currently undergoing testing. The new shell will be different from its predecessor, such as the lack of a parachute and a new tail section with an inertial guidance system, increasing accuracy of use.
According to the news of the National nuclear security administration under the Ministry of energy in the U.S. held the third and final test of the bomb with a new tail, reports TASS. A trial run was held at the Tonopah test site in Nevada with the introduction of the fighter-bomber F-15E.
System aircraft dropped bombs showed the stable operation in conditions of controlled flight close to reality, concluded the experts. According to preliminary data, during the test run was collected all the necessary telemetry information. In addition, according to the project, there were created emergency videos. Virtually no failures in the work of the experts is not recorded.
Consequently, we can speak about the successful completion of the testing of the new American nuclear bombs. Note that started July 1, a series of trial runs were testing a new delivery system of the projectile and held without undermining the nuclear charge. It is expected that serial production of the B61-12 will begin in 2020.
In early testing, the National nuclear security administration bothered to pretend that testing are just part of the work to update the nuclear weapon for the purpose of maintaining in an acceptable condition. But experts believe that it's pretty difficult. So, Director of information projects related to nuclear matters, the authoritative Federation of American research workers Hans Christensen expressed confidence that these launches represent a "development first controlled gravity bombs the United States air force".
It is worth to note that B61 with extended probabilities can bear, an American fighter-bomber F-35, and in early 2020-ies, in accordance with the projects of the military Department of the United States, such ammunition is planned to expand in Europe. Thus ended tests allow to state "the most significant nuclear modernization NATO since the 1980s," the expert believes.
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