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It’s getting scary! US deploys B61-12 atomic bombs in Europe

They will be delivered to NATO bases on the continent as early as December, Politico claims.

The United States has decided to fast-track the deployment of upgraded B61-12 tactical bombs to Europe, to be delivered to NATO bases on the continent as early as December. This was reported by the Politico newspaper on Thursday, citing a diplomatic cable and its sources. According to the original plan, they were to be deployed in Europe in the spring of 2023, reports TASS.

According to the publication, American representatives at a closed NATO meeting in Brussels said that the bombs would arrive earlier than planned. According to the original plan, they were to be deployed in Europe in the spring of 2023.

“With Russia’s nuclear rhetoric escalating, some allies have requested continued consultations within NATO to ensure continued readiness and consistent messaging,” said the diplomatic document, which was written for Pentagon and State Department officials.

In turn, Pentagon spokesman Patrick Ryder told the publication that the US “will not discuss in detail the issue of the nuclear arsenal” and noted that the modernization of the B61 program has been going on for many years. Old weapons are being replaced with more modern ones “as a long-planned modernization effort,” he said. “It has nothing to do with the current events in Ukraine and it is not accelerated,” Ryder stressed.

Politico believes, however, that Washington’s decision to replace weapons that are in European stockpiles for potential use comes amid heightened tensions between the West and Russia.

The first test of the B61-12, which was not accompanied by the detonation of an atomic charge, took place in the United States on July 1, 2015. Then the director of information projects related to the nuclear sphere at the Federation of American Scientists Hans Christensen told a TASS correspondent , that the United States was developing the first guided atomic bomb in its arsenal. The B61-12 bomb can be carried by the fifth-generation American F-35 fighter-bomber.

In December 2021, the United States launched the first serial prototype of the upgraded B61 atomic bomb. It, according to the plans of the US authorities, will replace three of the four existing modifications of the B61 munition, accepted for service in 1968. The National Nuclear Security Administration (NANSA) indicated that the modernization will increase the service life of the bomb by “at least 20 years”. .

The B61-12 bomb will differ from its predecessor in particular in the absence of a parachute and the presence of a new tail with an inertial guidance system that increases the accuracy of use.

Russia has repeatedly pointed out that these US intentions are frankly provocative and contradict their statements of a desire for complete nuclear disarmament, TASS adds.

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