Time to Get Tactical: American F-15s are Now Certified to Drop B61 Nuclear Bombs
Though not the most powerful nuclear bomb in the United States' arsenal, the B61 could be better suited to battlefield use. Here's why
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June 6, 2020 - by Caleb Larson for nationalinterest.org
Earlier this week, an American F-15E Strike Eagle, a more advanced derivative of the venerable F-15 design, successfully dropped the latest modification to the B61 nuclear bomb design. The bomb in question was dropped over Sandia National Laboratories' Tonopah test range in Nevada.
A spokesman for Sandia National Laboratories said "The results speak for themselves, the tests met all requirements, both in performance and safety. It was delivered with precision accuracy; it worked, and it worked well." Sandia is responsible for maintenance of the United States' nuclear stockpile, and serviced the latest B61 variant, the Mod 12.
A neat video of the test, which happened at "nearly the speed of sound" is worth the watch.
B61 Mod 12
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