In a world where budgets are tight, tensions are high and people are generally sick of war...what should we re-dedicate ourselves to having ready for
production? Why, a new fighter/bomber capable nuclear weapon, of course! Silly.. What, did someone think we'd look to the betterment of mankind with
the resources available?
Nawwww...... To the skies we look, but what goes up absolutely does come down. In fact, that's kinda the problem at the moment. It comes down a
little wrong...... Err.... Yeah..
Additional design details of the new B61-12 guided standoff nuclear bomb are emerging with new images. The image above shows a full-scale B61-12
model hanging in a wind tunnel at Arnold Air Force Base.
The test “uncovered a previously uncharacterized physical phenomenon,” according to Sandia National Laboratories, that would affect weapons
Okay, is it just me or does anyone else get a real uncomfy feeling when "Previously uncharacterized physical phenomenon" appears as a descriptive in
the same story as experimental nuclear weapons? Hey, what could possibly go wrong! ....Oh.. Right...
Several hundred millions more are required to integrate the B61-12 on five different aircraft, including Belgian, Dutch, German, Italian and
Turkish fighter-bombers. An estimated 480 B61-12 bombs are planned, with first production unit in 2020.
The B61-12 will also be integrated on the new F-35A Lightning II aircraft by 2025. The combination of the guided standoff B61-12 with the stealthy
fifth-generation F-35A fighter-bomber will significantly improve the military capabilities of NATO’s nuclear posture in Europe.
Before anyone gets the idea that the West is somehow uniquely nuke happy, it should be noted that the Russian Federation is fielding a new Ballistic
Missile Submarine and Missile for it to carry. Nuclear capable, of course. New Bombers, on a timeline likely similar or shorter than this by now as
well as the land based nuke forces seeing high priority for major upgrading over the last few years.
The "Game" of M.A.D. is a mutual game, in every sense. I hope no one is ever rash or just plain insane enough to actually use one in a way that
triggers mass release in any form.
In other news... A technical foul seems to be in progress with that game (Obama
Administration Decision Weakens New START Implementation
) but that probably deserves a thread all it's own in a more political setting. The B61
has been under development and carried under different variants for quite a bit longer than any one leader can be considered for..and deployment of
this version is out to 2023 and beyond for some aircraft. So... It's a generational kind of problem, on both sides of the Atlantic, I'd say.
They all just need to find a big Easter Bunny to hug (check date) or Bunnyette, and hunt for some eggs. Give war and the means of outright
obliterating whole areas of our planet's surface a rest.
(twitches nose and hops off to hide some more eggs before dawn)