A B-2 stealth bomber drops an inert B61 nuclear bomb.
Defense One: The US Air Force Just Dropped Two Fake Nukes
The tests in the Nevada desert come as tensions rise with Russia and the Pentagon seeks to replace its aging nuclear arsenal.
A pair of U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers dropped two 700-pound faux nuclear bombs in the middle of the Nevada desert within the past few days. Now the Pentagon wants to tell you about it.
Conducted “earlier this month,” according to an Oct. 6 press release, the test involved two dummy variants of the B61, a nuclear bomb that has been in the U.S. arsenal since the 1960s. One was an “earth penetrator” made to strike underground targets, the other a tactical version of the B61. Neither carried an actual warhead.
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WNU Editor: This nuclear modernisation program is not going to be cheap .... The total price tag for the all of the new nuclear weapons is projected to cost between $350 billion to $450 billion over the next two decades.