Jul 02 2018

New gen U.S. nuclear bombs to be deployed in Turkish bases – Russian news

The United States’ new generation B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb has been tested and is ready for deployment at U.S. bases in Europe and Turkey, Russian news site Sputnik reported on Sunday.

The bomb has been tested aboard the B-2 bomber and was found to meet system requirements, Sputnik reported, quoting a Pentagon press release.

“The Pentagon plans to deploy its B61 Mod 12 bombs at military bases across Europe, including Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands and Turkey,” said Sputnik’s report.

The bomb will reportedly enter service by 2020, replacing existing variants of the B61 bomb, and will likely be made compatible with the new generation F-35 fighter and the B-2 bomber’s successor, the B-21, currently in development.