In the recent possible nuclear war between superpower countries, Russia and the United States, the NNSA and the US Air Force Global Strike Command took a step forward and jointly conducted a flight testing program using two 700-pound faux nuclear bombs viz., the B61-7 and B61-11.
“The B61 is a critical element of the US nuclear triad and the extended deterrent,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton of the NNSA. “The recent surveillance flight tests demonstrate NNSA’s commitment to ensure all weapon systems are safe, secure, and effective.”
The two nuclear bombs were dropped by a pair of US Air Force B-2 bombers in the middle of the Nevada desert earlier this month.
In an article posted by Morning News USA, report stated that these mock weapons are known as Joint Test Assemblies (JTA) and what they do is that they feature sensors and other instrumentation to help out scientists and engineers assess the performance of the flights.
“The primary objective of flight testing is to obtain reliability, accuracy, and performance data under operationally representative conditions,” said a spokesperson for the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Energy Department arm that monitors such tests. “Such testing is part of the qualification process of current alterations and life extension programs for weapon systems.”
So why would the pentagon do this kind of action?
According to Defense One, perhaps it has something to do with the nuclear war tensions between the US and Russia. Also, earlier this week, reports say that the Russian government announced that it will conduct a massive drill to prepare its citizens for nuclear war.
Meanwhile, Dimitri Kiselyov, a Russian TV host said that there had been a “radical change” in the US-Russian relationship lately. So, a possible US-Russia nuclear war is a possibility.
“There is a reason that Russia has deployed S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria,” Izvestia said in a comment. “Moscow is ready to use them. This won’t spark a world war. After all, we’ve shot down American planes before, in Vietnam and Korea [in Soviet times]. Vladimir Putin is making it clear that Russia will make no more concessions [in Syria].”
“This is the most dangerous situation since the Cold War,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs. “In the Cold War, confrontation was based on understanding of ‘red lines’. Today this is not the case.
“Most likely no-one wants to launch a big collision between Russia and the United States. But this is exactly the case when unintended consequences might emerge,” Lukyanov added.
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