The first version of the B61 was founded in 1963: since then it has undergone a number of modifications (there are different versions of it, numbered 3,4, 7 and 10). The weight of the bomb during this time ranged from 320 to 500 tons, the length was approximately of 3.58 meters and a diameter of 33 centimeters.
A new variant of arms, number 12, is planned to start the series after 2020, this time should be created the first working model of a bomb. It will allow us to modify it by replacing some parts of the design, the very same weapons, therefore, can last for up to 20 years.
The next test of the model bomb B61-12 was held in November of 2015 over the desert of Nevada. Then she dropped the bomb itself, but without nuclear warheads. Military were satisfied with the data about the flight of the projectile. To date, the development of the updated bombs was conducted for 4 years.
Recall that the only combat use of a nuclear charge was made USA in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.Related posts: