One of the nuclear bombs in the US arsenal at an airbase in the Netherlands was likely damaged in a recent accident. This was reported by British newspaper The Guardian based on a report published on April 3.
The Federation of American Scientists (FAS) obtained a photograph of a B61 bomb being examined by US military personnel, including two from the explosive ordnance disposal unit, and one civilian. The bomb is said to have a bent rear part from a strong impact and is missing one of the tails. The projectile hole is covered with pink tape.
Thanks to geolocation, it was possible to determine that the B61 nuclear gravity bomb is at the Folkel base in the Netherlands – one of six such facilities in five European countries, where 100 of these are located. nuclear bombs.
The Federation report said the photo was part of a 2022 presentation for students at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico studying the capabilities of these weapons.
Earlier, FAS informed that the development of the new B61-12 guided nuclear bomb has been completed in the United States and its large-scale production will begin soon. A total of 480 such bombs will be produced, which can replace the B61.
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