"It" is America's newest nulear bomb, the B61, seemingly designed for use aboard the F-35 light strike bomber.
Engineers at the United States' nuclear weapons lab in Albuquerque, New Mexico,have spent the past few years designing and testing the B61-12, a high-tech addition to our nation's atomic arsenal. Unlike the free-fall gravity bombs it will replace, the B61-12 is a guided nuclear bomb. A new tail kit assembly, made by Boeing, enables the bomb to hit targets far more precisely than its predecessors.
Using "Dial-a-yield" technology, the bomb's explosive force can be adjusted before launch from a high of 50,000 tons of TNT equivalent to a low of 300 tons—that's 98 percent smaller than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago.
A precision guided nuclear bomb for when being 10-feet off target simply won't do. And that "Dial-a-yield" feature? What does that say except "we're fixin to use this one"? It's the very sort of thing that changes nuclear weapons thresholds and brings back the old nightmare doctrines of nuclear escalation. And they've even got their delivery system to go with it - the F-35. Praise the Lord and Pass the Nuclear Ammunition.
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