The American fighters F-16C for the first time dropped thermonuclear bomb B61-12 warhead without. The tests were held March 14 at the site of the U.S. state of Nevada. Thus, the air force demonstrated the capabilities of this model of their aircraft for the delivery of a thermonuclear bomb, and also checked the operation of non-nuclear components of the munition.
In mid-March, the F-16C U.S. air force dropped a thermonuclear bomb B61-12 over the desert of Nevada. F-16C for the first time “worked” with this type of ammunition. The purpose of the test was to demonstrate the ability of the fighter for the delivery of the B61-12. In addition, the us military has studied the functioning of non-nuclear components of a bomb.
Despite the fact that the tests in Nevada were held March 14, the message about this appeared only on Thursday. The data was published on the website of Robins air force base, writes RIA Novosti news Agency.
In October last year, the United States conducted two successful tests of upgraded managed nuclear bombs B61-7 and B61-11, not warhead. As then reported in the National nuclear safety administration of the country, the shells were dropped by strategic bombers B-2 Spirit.
Recent tests of the B61-12, whose design makes it manageable and precision, was launched in the year 2015. It is reported that the unique tail of the bomb allows you to drop it from a great height. Three years later, the United States plans to start mass production of such missiles, which will replace the obsolete modifications of bases in Europe.