US Air Forces testing Nuclear Bombs From F-35A Fighters

For the first time, the U.S. military released video of a bomb test in which a new B61-12 nuclear bomb was dropped from an F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.



Specifically, the test flight at supersonic speed took place at the Tonopah test site (Nevada) with the shape and weight of a real bomb but did not carry explosives, radioactive substances or electronic devices.The F-35A dropped a B61-12 bomb at an altitude of about 3,200 meters and the bomb took about 42 seconds to hit its target.

The video was made by Sandia National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

"This is the first test of all systems, including the link between the B61-12 and the F-35A.

The latest test is an important part of the combined F-35A and B61-12 program," said Steven Samuels, manager of Sandia's B61-12 Systems Group.

In the video it is worth noting that the bomb was originally planned to be in free fall mode, but at some point on its fuselage the engine activated the launch makes the projectile stable during rotation, while ensuring accuracy to the final target.


Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet was approved by the US in 2015 after years of delays.The F-35 is touted as the most advanced fighter today, developed as part of the most expensive weapons program in world military history with an estimated $1.5 trillion.

The F-35 is the only Western 5th generation fighter capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and due to ongoing problems with the F-35B and C variants, the F-35A is the only variant capable of sustaining supersonic flight.

More than 3,000 are expected to be deployed around the world by the U.S. and many of its arms buyers.

It is known that the B61-12 is one of the most expensive weapons in the world, with a weight of 320 kg, the cost of production is higher than the value of a block of gold of comparable weight.

This type of bomb is highly appreciated for its ability to change its destructive power significantly depending on the type of target being attacked without modification.

The B61-12 tactical nuclear bomb can be equipped with a satellite guidance system, carrying a nuclear warhead as powerful as 50,000 tons of TNT.

Its size is small enough to fit in the weapons bay of the F-35A fuselage.



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