F-15E becomes first aircraft compatible with new nuclear bomb design

Dr. Charles Verdon, the head of defense programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration, talks with Aaron Mehta about delays to the B61-12 nuclear bomb.

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미 핵무기개발연구소, 저위력 전술핵폭탄 투하 성능시험 성공

   미국의 핵무기개발연구소가 F-15 전투기의 저위력 전술핵폭탄 투하 성능시험을 성공적으로 완료했다고 발표했습니다. 

개량형 저위력 전술핵폭탄 시험인데, 이 핵폭탄은 미국의 핵무기 현대화 프로그램의 핵심 가운데 하나로 지하시설 타격도 가능한 것으로 알려졌습니다. 김동현 기자가 취재했습니다. 


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WASHINGTON — America’s newest nuclear bomb design has been successfully tested on the F-15E, making the Strike Eagle the first fighter jet to be officially compaiable with the B61-12 design.

Two test flights were flown twice in March at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, according to a release by Sandia Labs. The mock weapon was released on one test at about 1,000 feet and at nearly the speed of sound, while a higher-altitude test occurred at around 25,000 feet; both tests hit the target as designed.

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“It’s representative of the environment for the weapon,” Steven Samuels, a manager with Sandia’s B61-12 system’s team, said in a news release. “The flight test is really everything coming together to say we’re good.”

The B61-12 program will replace the B61-3, -4, -7 and -10 nuclear gravity bomb variants with a new warhead design. The warhead is being developed and produced by the National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-independent agency located within the Department of Energy, while the Pentagon is developing new tailkit assemblies for the design.

An NNSA estimate puts the likely cost of the program between $8 billion to $9 billion. The upgraded variant will be certified on America’s F-15, F-16 and B-2 aircraft, as well as on aircraft for NATO member nations. The F-35 is expected to go through certification on the weapon at some point in the next decade. The weapon passed its final design review in October 2018.

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