Sunday, May 20, 2012

US Upgrading Nuclear Arsenal, Pissing Off Russia

I don't remember seeing any of this in the US media. Could it be they didn't want to point out that Dear Leader is actually doing something that looks military? Cold-warrior even... Upgrading US Nuclear Weapons More Expensive Than Planned - SPIEGEL ONLINE
The new B61-12 will be able to carry four different warheads, which range in strength from 0.3 to 45 kilotons of TNT. As a comparison, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II had a strength of 15 kilotons. "This weapon can do the same amount of damage militarily as the very high-yield weapon attached to the B61-7," says Kristensen. Götz Neuneck, from the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, likewise warns of the "drastically improved mission capabilities" of the B61. In addition to the upgrades, the bombs are also to be carried by the stealth fighter F-35, which is currently in development. The weapon and the fighter jet are to be perfectly compatible, such that the F-35 -- also known as the Joint Strike Fighter -- will be able to stow two of the bombs in its hold. Such a capability could provoke new trouble with Russia, which is already unhappy with the planned European missile defense shield.
Not being tied into the 24 hour news cycle means I sometimes miss things like this, but a quick check of Google News, didn't turn up too much on the B61.

1 comment:

Graybeard said...

Wait ... Bamster is doing something that isn't anti-American, or transparent pandering??

I guess random events happen..