The director of the Nuclear Info Venture on the Federation of American Scientists, Hans Kristensen has reported that the U.S. Air Power take away B61-7 and B83-1 nuclear gravity bombs from B-52H authorized weapons configuration.
“B-52 bombers are not licensed to hold nuclear gravity bombs. New Air Power instruction describes elimination of B61-7 and B83-1 from B-52H authorized weapons configuration,” Kristensen mentioned citing a not too long ago up to date Air Power handbook.
The brand new Air Power’s handbook, titled “Security Guidelines for U.S. Strategic Bomber Plane,” has formally confirmed that B-52H Stratofortressbomber is not delivers nuclear gravity bombs.
“Elimination of B61-7 and B83-1 [nuclear gravity bombs] from B-52H authorized weapons configuration,” the handbook states bluntly within the listing of main modifications between it and the previous, and now outmoded, 2017 model. The doc makes clear afterward that the AGM-86B with the W80-1 warhead is the one remaining authorized nuclear weapon for the B-52H.
In response to an early report, the rationale for the change seems to be that the B-52 is not thought of survivable sufficient to slide by way of fashionable air-defenses and drop nuclear gravity bombs on enemy territory.
The B-52s continues to be outfitted to hold the nuclear-armed air-launched cruise missile (ALCM or AGM-86B), which could be launched from nicely outdoors the attain of air-defenses, and is scheduled to obtain the brand new LRSO (Lengthy Vary Standoff Missile).
Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Info Venture for the Federation of American Scientists, first reported on the possible exclusion of the B-52H’s nuclear gravity bomb functionality in 2017, and tweeted a screenshot of the publicly obtainable Air Power doc on Monday.
It’s official: B-52 bombers are not licensed to hold nuclear gravity bombs. New Air Power instruction describes “elimination of B61-7 and B83-1 from B-52H authorized weapons configuration.” https://t.co/gayLcHvHir
This confirms my report from 2017: https://t.co/z9eIN4nd9x
— Hans Kristensen (@nukestrat) January 13, 2020