Sunday, October 09, 2016

Air Force Conducts Test-Drops of Dummy Nukes

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Air Force Conducts Test-Drops of Dummy Nukes
The Air Force dropped two mock nuclear weapons at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada earlier this month in a test of a key element of the nation's nuclear triad.

     The Air Force dropped two mock nuclear weapons at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada earlier this month in a test of a key element of the nation's nuclear triad.
By Stephen Losey
Air Force Times
10-7-16

The tests, which Global Strike Command conducted with the Energy Department's National Nuclear Security Administration, had two B-2A Spirit stealth bombers from the 509th Bomber Wing of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri drop joint test assemblies of the B61-7 and B61-11 nuclear bombs, NNSA said in a Thursday release.

"The B61 is a critical element of the U.S. nuclear triad and the extended deterrent," said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA's principal assistant deputy administrator for military application, in the release. "The recent surveillance flight tests demonstrate NNSA's commitment to ensure all weapon systems are safe, secure and effective."



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