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Nuclear Bomb’s Guided Tail-Kit Approved for Production

Nuclear Bomb’s Guided Tail-Kit Approved for Production December 11, 2018

The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Centre formally approved the start of production of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb’s new guided tail-kit assembly.

The programme office says it completed a 27-month test programme in less than 11 months. It claims the accelerated schedule, as well as other risk mitigation strategies, helped to save more than $280 million in development costs.

The new tail-kit assembly is manufactured by Boeing and is part of a larger life-extension programme for the B61 nuke, which was first deployed 50 years ago.

The version being upgraded will have GPS guidance and can be mounted on most standard fighters and bombers with the U.S. and allied nations such as NATO members.

 

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