The US announced the successful test of the B61 nuclear bomb on F-15E Strike Eagle.

F-15E Strike Eagle is dropping a trained B61-12 nuclear bomb.
F-15E Strike Eagle is dropping a trained B61-12 nuclear bomb.

AP June 9, 2020 quoted officials and experts at Sandia National Laboratory (USA) as saying the latest test has proven that the latest version of the B61 nuclear bomb is compatible with the US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle.

Leaders at the National Laboratory and Nuclear Security Agency (NSA) announced that a fake bomb had been successfully dropped on the Tonopah test ground in Nevada. The latest test has proven that F-15E fighters to be compatible with the improved nuclear bomb.

At the test, the B61 nuclear bomb was successfully dropped and activated.

Expert Steven Samuels of the B-61-12 team at Sandia said: the test in early March was successful in all stages, involving the operation team, the aircraft’s carrying capacity, Bomb conditions and bomb function.

“We were able to test the B61-12 through all operational phases and we have extremely high confidence the B61-12 is compatible with the F-15E Strike Eagle…” “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,” Steven Samuels said.

The test started with armament on the fighter at Nellis Air Base in Las Vegas and ended with two flights to Tonopah test ground. During the low-altitude test, the aircraft flew at an altitude of about 305 meters above the ground and nearly the speed of sound when bombing.

The test at a higher altitude was conducted at an altitude of 7,620 m. The trial is part of a program to increase the service capability of the B61 nuclear bomb for at least another 20 years.

US defense officials said that this type of nuclear bomb has been tasked with deterring potential enemies for nearly 50 years. It has become the oldest weapon in US inventory. It has been upgraded many times since 1968 to improve safety and reliability.

Recently, NNSA announced plans to produce an upgrade of the B61-12 nuclear bomb in 2022. Sandia is responsible for the design and manufacture of non-nuclear components while Sandia is in charge of the detonators and other components.

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