According to the National Nuclear Security Administration, the United States successfully tested the B-61 nuclear bomb. The test was conducted on Tuesday by the Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, and the test was meant to verify how a new model of the B-61 bomb would work under routine conditions or accident scenarios, according to the NNSA.
The analysis “is a significant achievement and gives us confidence in our ability to move forward with our efforts to increase the safety and security of the bomb,” Don Cook, NNSA deputy administrator for defense programs, said.
Furthermore, the analysis included tests for a gravity nuclear bomb, called the MOD-12. The work on the MOD-12 has been ongoing for two years and is aimed at keeping the B-61 bombs safe, and ready to use if necessary.
From the NNSA website :
This is also the first test of the integrated component and sub-system hardware, including the Tail Kit Assembly provided by the U.S. Air Force, of the B61-12 test unit. The test series included subassembly and system‐level mass properties measurements, as well as shock and vibration testing. With the incorporation of an Air Force Tail Kit Assembly, the B61-12 will replace the existing B61-3, -4, -7 and -10 bombs. Moreover, fielding the B61-12 enables the retirement of the B83, the last U.S. megaton class weapon, in the mid-to-late 2020s.
The “Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,” says that member States should be disarming their nuclear weapons, not restoring, rebuilding, arming, and testing them. This test seems to be in direct contradiction to the Treaty, at a time when the U.S. is engaged with measures to prevent Iran from enriching its uranium.
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