This week, anxieties were raised further after the American military dropped ‘the mother of all bombs’ on a target in Afghanistan which is believed to have been an ISIS pathway. Now it appears as though there may be further caused for alarm as the US National Nuclear Security Administration has announced the successful field test of the upgraded gravity nuclear bomb in a test site in Nevada. President Trump has given the green light to the US military to go ahead with an ambitious and incredibly expensive modernisation program related to the nuclear triad. According to Brian Becker, the director of the anti-war ANSWER coalition, President Trump has given a ‘black check’ to his generals, and they are currently in the midst of planning to test all of the weapons that they were previously blocked from working with.
It is said that the B61-12 is a key part of this program and the end intention will be to replace all of the current B61 models with this modernized variant. Currently, the B61 model is a key part of America’s nuclear triad. The NNSA in conjunction with the US Air Force completed the first qualification flight test of this extraordinarily dangerous nuclear weapon at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, insiders have confirmed. According to a spokesperson, the test was conducted to evaluate the non-nuclear functions of the weapon and the capability of an F-16 fighter to successfully carry and deploy the monster bomb.
Reports suggest that the test was successful. “The successful test provides critical qualification data to validate that the baseline design meets military requirements, ” said Brigadier General Michael Lutton of the NNSA. The revamping of America’s nuclear weapons program has raised alarm bells with some critics of the current president who has previously suggested that he would have no qualms about using the destructive weapons in a military conflict.
However, others have suggested that the modernisation program should not cause concern as it is merely a routine operation that was begun under President Barrack Obama.