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Air Force B-2 to Get New Digital Nuclear Weapons

& Air-Ground Missiles, Warrior, KRIS OSBORN, 29 Mar 17 The stealthy B-2 is slated to fly alongside the Air Force’s new Long Range Strike – Bomber into the 2050s,

Air Force pilots of the 1980s-era stealthy B-2 Spirit bomber plan to arm the B-2 with new weapons and upgrade the aircraft to fly the aircraft on attack missions against enemy air defenses well into the 2050s, service officials said.

In coming years, the B-2 will be armed with with next generation digital nuclear weapons such as the B-61 Mod 12 with a tail kit and an Long Range Stand-Off weapon or, LRSO, an air-launched, guided nuclear cruise missile, service officials said.

The B-61 Mod 12 is an ongoing modernization program which seeks to integrate the B-61 Mods 3, 4, 7 and 10 into a single variant with a guided tail kit. The B-61 Mod 12 is being engineered to rely on an inertial measurement unit for navigation.

In addition to the LRSO, B83 and B-61 Mod 12, the B-2 will also carry the B-61 Mod 11, a nuclear weapon designed with penetration capabilities, Air Force officials said…….http://www.scout.com/military/warrior/story/1641631-pilot-intv-inside-attack-missions-b-2-bomber

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March 29, 2017 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

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