US Conducts Successful Field Test Of New Nuclear Bomb

Tyler Durden's picture

With the world still abuzz over the first ever deployment of the GBU-43/B "Mother Of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, where it reportedly killed some 36 ISIS fighters, in a less noticed statement the US National Nuclear Security Administration quietly announced overnight the first successful field test of the modernized, "steerable" B61-12 gravity thermonuclear bomb in Nevada.

In a well-timed statement, just as tensions over North Korea's nuclear program and potential US airstrikes run wild, the NNSA said that in conjunction with the US Air Force, it had completed the first qualification flight test of B61-12 gravity nuclear bomb on March 14 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada.

In the press release, the NNSA said that the "non-nuclear assembly test" was dropped from an F-16 based at Nellis Air Force Base and was intended to evaluate "both the weapon’s non-nuclear functions as well as the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon."

This test was the first of a series that will be conducted over the next three years to qualify the B61-12 for service. Three successful development flight tests were conducted in 2015.

"This demonstration of effective end-to-end system performance in a realistic ballistic flight environment marks another on-time achievement for the B61-12 Life Extension Program,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application. “The successful test provides critical qualification data to validate that the baseline design meets military requirements. It reflects the nation's continued commitment to our national security and that of our allies and partners."

The flight test included hardware designed by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories, manufactured by the Nuclear Security Enterprise plants, and mated to the tail-kit assembly section, designed by the Boeing Company under contract with the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center. 

Phil Hoover, an engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, shows off a flight test

body for a B61-12 nuclear weapon

The B61-12 consolidates and replaces four B61 bomb variants in the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The first production unit is scheduled to be completed by March 2020.

The original B61 gravity bomb is the mainstay of the Air Force’s nuclear arsenal and one of the legs of the so-called nuclear triad, along with the intercontinental ballistic missiles deployed from either ground-based silos or oceangoing submarines. The B61 nuclear gravity bomb, deployed from U.S. Air Force and NATO bases, has almost 50 years of service, "making it the oldest and most versatile weapon in the enduring U.S. stockpile." Numerous modifications have been made to improve the B61’s safety, security, and reliability since the first B61 entered service in 1968, and four B61 variants remain in the stockpile: the 3, 4, 7, and 11. However, the aging weapon system requires a life extension to continue deterring potential adversaries and reassuring our allies and partners of our security commitments to them.

The B61-12 LEP will refurbish, reuse, or replace all of the bomb’s nuclear and non?nuclear components to extend the service life of the B61 by at least 20 years, "and to improve the bomb’s safety,  effectiveness, and security" according to the NNSA. The B61-12 first production unit will occur in FY 2020. The bomb will be approximately 12 feet long and weigh approximately 825 pounds. The bomb will be air-delivered in either ballistic gravity or guided drop modes, and is being certified for delivery on current strategic (B-2A) and dual capable aircraft (F-15E, F-16C/D & MLU, PA-200) as well as future aircraft platforms (F-35, B-21).

President Trump has endorsed the ambitious and expensive plan to modernize the US nuclear triad, begun under his predecessor.

The March test of the B61-12 was the first in a series to take place over the next three years, with the final design review due in September 2018 and the first production unit scheduled for completion by March 2020.

Once the bomb is authorized for use in 2020, the US plans to deploy some 180 of the B61-12 precision-guided thermonuclear bombs to five European countries as follows:

  • Belgium - 20;
  • Germany -20;
  • Italy - 70;
  • Netherlands - 20;
  • Turkey -50;

... although in light of recent developments, and this weekend's Turkish referendum which may grant Erdogan what are effectively dictatorial powers, it may consider reassessing the Turkish deployment.

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cherry picker's picture

Isn't that a bomb that falls to earth as in gravity?

HopefulCynical's picture


The MIC snuggled

All safe in their beds

While visions of dollar signs

Danced in their heads...

Muddy1's picture

GEE, lots of information and the timing is incredible.  My dad worked over 30 years at SNL, as did my father in law.  They neither on would blab like this.  This is disinformation that is being delivered at the opportune time for the Fat Boy ver. 2.0 in NK.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Forget that experimental technology.

We should drop Obamacare on our enemies. It is proven to cause mass destruction, pain, and suffering.

Manthong's picture

How about dropping the VA on them, too.


“More accurate nuclear strike”

Is that anything like lobbing a hand grenade into the hole in a bean bag toss game?

summerof71's picture

remind me again why anyone would want to live in that hell hole known as Nevada, getting irradiated and what not? unbelievable 

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panther man (not verified) summerof71 Apr 14, 2017 3:09 PM

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J S Bach's picture

Don't ya just love all the macho talk in the news lately about bombs and nukes? Obviously, TPTB are softening up their cattle for a good old-fashioned slaughter. The blood-letting and monetary squeeze will shortly ensue. Moooooooooo.

winged's picture

But don't these bombs and nukes mostly kill CIVILIANS, about 95% of the time?

sincerely_yours's picture

I have this weird feeling that this thing with North Korea is a diversion for a surprise attack on Syria.

BaBaBouy's picture

This Is Getting fucking Ridiculous ... I Mean Come The Fuck On ???

His and Hers jets, paid for by American taxpayers: Melania adds $100,000 to Trump's massive travel tab so she could fly separately to Mar-a-Lago with Barron, just minutes apart from the President

First Lady Melania Trump flew separately to join President Donald Trump for a long Easter weekend at Mar-a-Lago, getting the chance for some quality family time - while also contributing to her husband's growing taxpayer-paid travel tab. She traveled from La Guardia airport to Palm Beach International Airport with son Barron, 11, (they are seen left getting off the jet) aboard a military version of the Boeing-757 (seen inset left). The First Lady's plane, sometimes used by Vice President Mike Pence, costs $15,846 per hour to operate. She landed around 6.30pm Thursday, just minutes before her husband landed on Air Force One (seen right inset). He is seen left getting off the plane having traveled from Joint Base Andrews to Palm Beach International Airport.
>>> Conservative pro-transparency group Judicial Watch estimates that it costs taxpayers $1million for each trip President Trump takes to Mar-a-Lago. <<<

gumby1129's picture

Come on Man! They all live high off the taxpayer. Most of our memories are not THAT short though....

Ward no. 6's picture


all fucking politicians suck

Luc X. Ifer's picture

Amazing how much effort and resources put in killing efficiently other humans.

The effort and resources put to save or improve other people's lives doesn't come even close.

We deserve to perish as specie, we are just parasites.


Bunghole's picture

Phil's proud papa smile in that picture is disgusting.


Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) Bunghole Apr 14, 2017 6:55 PM

Because of Trumpo's small dick and Big Ego we are closer to war with North Korea than we have been at any point since the Korean War ended in 1953.

If Donald Trump decides to launch a military strike against North Korea’s nuclear facilities, the consequences could be absolutely catastrophic.  The North Koreans have already promised to launch nukes at South Korea and at U.S. military bases in the region in return

We Worry, Because The U.S. is On The Verge of Making an Extremely Costly Mistake


PrayingMantis's picture


... often, bullies will show off their "arms" to scare others into submission ... however, sometimes, the quiet others are simply smirking and thinking for the bully to "bring it on" to teach him a valuable lesson  ...

... in the midst of a looming debt-ceiling fiasco, Darth Trump needs a distraction to keep the sheeple entertained ... much like during his "Apprentice" make-believe episodes ...

... Trump is showing off America's arsenal in the hopes that it would scare its main rivals China and Russia ... but let's not kid ourselves ... this is what's facing the US, lest we forget, if a nuclear showdown occurs ...

... the other side (IMHO) has far-better, deadlier and more precise "arrows" than the faulty-guidance-laughable-23/59 Tom Cruises the Trump fireworks had shown in Syria (let alone, the big Momma dropped on a few "goat-herders", later dubbed as "Isis" without so much as a proof, somewhere in the foothills of the caves in Afghanistan near the Pakistan enclave) ...

... take a review at these precision babies >>> "30 Israeli, Foreign Intelligence Officers Killed in Russia's Caliber Missile Attack in Aleppo"  >>> 


... and what really spooked the other Donald (USS Donald Cook)? >>>  "What spooked the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?"   >>>  


... and here too >>> "AEGIS Fail in Black SEA, Ruskies Burn Down USS Donald “Duck”"  >>>


... moreover, have you heard of a ground-based missile that can down space satellites that could eventually blind the bully's telecommunications? >>> "China shoots down satellite, drawing protests worldwide -  Surprise test sets scene for possible space arms race" ... >>>


... and here too >>> "Chinese missile strikes satellite"  >>> ...


... and with that, now imagine, a missile with enough precision and force to attain space-distance to strike down a small orbiting satellite in space ...  and now, imagine a missile with enough power and speed armed with nuclear ordnance to drop by any bully's location on earth ...

... this is but only the tip of the melting iceberg held by Russia's and China's arms arsenal and a few of the reasons why even some of the US bully's experts say that the US might not even be up to par when push comes to shove against the combined Russian and Chinese nuclear technological forces ...

... Darth Trump might be aware of this by showing off and rooster-crowing his MOAB baseball bat and his gravitational-powered nuclear bomb perhaps to show who's the playground boss, but in reality, the bully might be shaking in his trousers knowing full well who's the real boss with bigger and more precise bats and arrows ...


Crush the cube's picture

And when you do, humanity will finally be free.  Archon alert.

Lore's picture

Re: "We deserve to perish as species; we are just parasites."

Incorrect. Never lose sight of the critical distinction between normal people and the psychopaths.  They're like a subspecies, living among us but not like us.  This is their pathological system. Lacking conscience themselves, they possess a natural talent for lying and manipulating our sympathies and capacity for guilt. They perceive themselves as our so-called "betters." 

Newcomers to ZH may not be cognizant of the true enemy:

Political Ponerology:  A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes

"If the many managerial positions are assumed by individuals deprived of sufficient abilities to feel and understand the majority of other people, and who also exhibit deficiencies in technical imagination and practical skills - (faculties indispensable for governing economic and political matters) - this then results in an exceptionally serious crisis in all areas, both within the country in question and with regard to international relations. Within, the situation becomes unbearable even for those citizens who were able to feather their nest into a relatively comfortable modus vivendi.  Outside, other societies start to feel the pathological quality of the phenomenon quite distinctly.  Such a state of affairs cannot last long.  One must then be prepared for ever more rapid changes, and also behave with great circumspection." (2nd. ed., p. 140)

The leap that a lot of ZHers still haven't made in this context is that the final, definitive war of our species that remains to be fought is that between normals and the psychopaths who hold positions of power.  It's coming, but first, a critical mass of sheeple must free their minds from a lifetime of systematic conditioning and programming.

X- x3's picture

"The leap that a lot of ZHers still haven't made in this context is that the final, definitive war of our species that remains to be fought is that between normals and the psychopaths who hold positions of power.  It's coming, but first, a critical mass of sheeple must free their minds from a lifetime of systematic conditioning and programming."

+1,000 Lore

I'm in complete agreement with you Lore.

I have the book.

For those that don't, here it is in PDF

It's a difficult read but very specific.

Try reading a 'selected chapter' to begin with. The lengthy introduction pages will put 9 out 10 asleep after 10 minutes.

Cheers Lore, ZH-readers.  X-

Additional Sources:

TwelveOhOne's picture

Thanks!  Enjoying the intro so far.

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

You "misunderestimate" ZHers. The psychopathic nature of many leaders is well recognised, as is their complicity in money-making schemes (Raytheon is +$100m just for the other day's fireworks) and power-mongering  aka "the Great Game" or "the New Great Game".


Remember the last "Great Game" begat WW1 and as a direct consequence WW2 and the Cold War, among other things.


Really, we may not wish to die out and most of us are not arseholes like our leaders, but the world would not miss us if we weren't here and it is down to us to throw off the psychos worldwide.

Lore's picture

Absolutely, most ZHers 'get it.'  I just posted because the Fallacy of Collective Guilt grates on my nerves.  We get it spoon-fed in our daily lives; it should have no place here.

Ward no. 6's picture

with all the money they have why would they even bother to use tax payer money for it

this shit should not even be allowed




Ward no. 6's picture

hey i don't know why u r getting negative arrows

ppl don't mind having their taxes wasted on this shit?

NihilistZerO___'s picture

 IT makes him giving his salary to charity ring rather  hollow...

Trogdor's picture

Not that I approve of Trump doing that shit - I don't - it's disgusting -but where was your FURY when Obomber and his trio of whores was happily spending 1.8 BILLION on private vacations?  Trump could fly to Mar-a-Lago every day for the next 5 years before he caught up with *just* Obomba's vacation tab - not to mention the hundreds of millions he spend on parties.

You shut your eyes to it for 8 fucking years - and now you're "incensed" by the gratuitous waste of taxpayer funds??  My God the hypocrisy of the Left is stunning ...

beemasters's picture

"My God the hypocrisy of the Left is stunning ..."

Two wrongs don't make a right ... or left. It's just wrong.

Sebastion's picture

HA! Another Russian Troll!


Trump has already exceeded Obama's expenses for his entire 8 years!! Check it 

Got The Wrong No's picture

And the real Troll calls someone else a Troll. Not very bright, Sebastion. I bet you don't know what the give away was, do you? There are three. 

Sylvan's picture

Donnie is just precautious. Two targets yabow,...

HardAssets's picture

Buckminster Fuller wrote about artifacts for livingry versus for killingry.

" Livingry, in direct contrast to weaponry or “killingry,” are artifacts that support and enhance life, ideas and objects that enrich and advance human existence. "

We know what business America is in now.

virgule's picture

This article is complete BS propaganda on the eve of possible North Korea tests.

Nothing nuclear about the American test, and no bomb detonated. They dropped a tube with fins from a plane to see if they could steer the tube a bit... Makes a great "Nuclear bomb test" headline!,

Patriot Eke's picture

They upgraded a NUCLEAR weapon to limit its collateral damage. Seriously?! In other words, these are the tactical nuclear weapons the talking heads have suggested the government will use soon. Hey, they're accurate, and we only took out "terrorists." Therefore, using them is okay, right???

jeffglobal's picture

News Flash: The government will nuke their own cities if they can't maintain control otherwise.  You think I'm joking, but it's only a matter of time now that Trump sold us all out.  The patriots tried peaceful means of change, and as JFK said, "Those who make peaceful change impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable."  The establishment did Trump, because govt studies showed the US public, 40% of us, were already in a pre-revolutionary mood just prior to the last Presidential Election cycle.  You think that number increased or decreased now?

NidStyles's picture

The fuck happened to the weapons testing ban?

Patriot Eke's picture

It was a non-nuclear payload. They can test those.

gumby1129's picture

Wake up! There was no nuclear detonation. Just a test of the airframe the bomb is encased in. Gotta get past the sensationalised headlines<g>...

NidStyles's picture

I stopped reading these articles months ago. Half of them are utter rubbish and not worth the time.

Got The Wrong No's picture

Stupidly commenting on a unread article isn't wasting time, right? 

Helix6's picture

That's just for the NORKs, not us.

Trogdor's picture

They still test the delivery platforms - just no boom-boom ...

Arrow4Truth's picture

Whew... thought they nuked Nevada. (Thought: What's in Nevada? Vegas, legal prostitution, gambling... fuck.)

Stinkytofu's picture

are you referring to the nukular non-proliferation treaty?


you mean the one the nukular states are in breach of for failing to disarm?


or the one north korea is NOT in breach of as they withdrew in accordance with the treaty?

NihilistZerO___'s picture

Government will never nuke its own. Because the moment they did on Sub captain or patriotic missile tech will vaporize DC. And since we can safely assume the majority of Norad staff are not traitors of the American people the revolution would be over.

Lore's picture

It is testament to the quality of their manipulation that sheeple, to this day, despite all evidence, STILL find it inconceivable that the governments given to them can and will and do turn on them.

"Billions of people, just living out their lives, oblivious." - Agent Smith, The Matrix

The imbalances and misallocations of capital that we glimpse today are so extreme that some kind of depopulation seems likely.  The elites live in terror of us; be sure that a great deal of thought has been given to this matter.  One option might be limited nuclear exchange over expendable and/or belligerent targets accompanied by the usual false flag narratives.  But thinking of the magnitude of the debt and energy bubbles, and imminent wealth destruction, along with Global Cooling and sweeping change in standard of living, one wonders if simple impoverishment, famine and disease won't work much like they did in the Middle Ages, leaving behind a lot of infrastructure and agriculture intact and radiation-free. That IMO is the hint we are given by comments like those uttered by Prince Philip ("For my next life, I want to come back as a virus"), things like the Factor 8 scandal (tens of thousands of people injected with Hepatitis and AIDS through blood taken from Arkansas convicts under then-Governor Bill Clinton), the manic push for dangerous medications and vaccinations, GMO, Glyphosate, "Zeka," "Bird Flew/Flu," "Pig Flew/Flu," et cetera, not to mention the biological warfare component of the Islamic population injection sponsored by George Soros, a known depopulationist, which is bringing back old diseases like Tuberculosis along with new, mysterious maladies.  And let us not forget Gulf War Syndrome: there's a reason why young soldiers are given dozens of shots. In short, the future will probably involve hunger and sickness more than nukes.

Trogdor's picture

It sounds like what they're trying to say is that because now that those nukes can be "steered" they're more likley to hit the intended target and not end up in Aunt Edna's back yard.  Aunt Edna is "collateral damage" ...