US ships 100 upgraded B61-12 nuclear bombs to Europe

The United States has accelerated the program for new B61-12 nuclear bombs for Europe. The upgraded and more accurate version of its nuclear air-dropped gravity bomb is expected to arrive in NATO bases in Europe in December, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable, the Belgian media Politico reported on Thursday.

The move, which involves replacing older weapons with the newer version at various storage facilities in Europe for potential use by U.S. and allied bombers and fighter jets, comes amid heightened tensions over Russia’s threats to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

The upgrades of B61-12 involve removing a parachute and installing a new tail kit for significantly greater accuracy. Source: Federation of American Scientists.


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