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A former Turkish ambassador said the United States has deployed dozens of tactical nuclear weapons in Istanbul. Taner Baytok, who also had been a consultant to the Turkish Defense Ministry, said the weapons were under the protection of a double-key system to prevent unauthorized firing.
"There are four things in the Football. The Black Book containing the retaliatory options, a book listing classified site locations, a manila folder with eight or ten pages stapled together giving a description of procedures for the Emergency Broadcast System, and a three-by-five inch card with authentication codes."
The move at Lakenheath coincides with similar reductions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in 2005 and Greece in 2001, and reduces the total number of U.S. nuclear bombs in Europe to between 150 to 240, Kristensen said. The remaining B-61 bombs are at Aviano Air Base in Italy and Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, as well at other bases in Italy, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
Originally posted by Now_Then
The brit nuke ICBM's on the subs apparently had a really simple system to launch, no codes just keys that were as simple as bike lock keys held in a locked box that could be opened with a screwdriver... The idea was a sub is already the safest place to have them and every member of the crew could be trusted... When the Americans found out about that one their jaws hit the floor!!! They insisted on a 'better' system.
Originally posted by MischeviousElf
You might like to try and source that.
On British subs (metal box with a screwdriver, omg what comic did you read that in?) like all subs, ships etc the captain has his KEY locked in a safe in his cabin. Only he knows the memorised number to open.
Urban Myth im afraid or some propaganda. The Polaris and Trident systems are actually fitted to the UK boats in America to include the above things, that is a separate trigger.
Newsnight has discovered that until the early days of the Blair government the RAF's nuclear bombs were armed by turning a bicycle lock key.
There was no other security on the Bomb itself.
While American and Russian weapons were protected by tamper-proof combination locks which could only be released if the correct code was transmitted, Britain relied on a simpler technology.
With the help of Brian Burnell - a researcher into the history of the British nuclear weapons programme who once designed bomb casings for atom bombs - Newsnight tracked down a training version of the WE 177 nuclear bomb at the Bristol Aero collection at Kemble.
Tornado and earlier V-bomber crews trained with these, which were identical in every way to the live bombs except for the nuclear warhead.
To arm the weapons you just open a panel held by two captive screws - like a battery cover on a radio - using a thumbnail or a coin.
Inside are the arming switch and a series of dials which you can turn with an Allen key to select high yield or low yield, air burst or groundburst and other parameters.
The Bomb is actually armed by inserting a bicycle lock key into the arming switch and turning it through 90 degrees. There is no code which needs to be entered or dual key system to prevent a rogue individual from arming the Bomb.
Neither the Navy nor the RAF installed PAL protection on their nuclear weapons.