WASHINGTON, (BM) – Tests for the ability to carry B61-12 nuclear bombs were passed by F-15E Strike Eagle all-weather multirole strike fighter, on June 8 the Sandia National Laboratory press service reported, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Sandia laboratories conducted tests of strike fighters and bombs for them in conjunction with the U.S. Air Force. The bombs were tested at all stages of use. Laboratory spokesman Stephen Samuels notes that as a result of the tests there is “exceptional confidence” in the ability to use these bombs on F-15E fighter.
It is reported that the bomb tests passed in March. The plane rose to a height of 7.5 kilometers, from where bombs were dropped into the desert of Nevada. The tests were carried out without nuclear charges, instead of them dummies were used.
As a result of successful tests, the use of B61-12 bombs, which, as noted, were developed half a century ago, will be extended for another 20 years.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that on June 1 the US Air Force experts conducted tests designed to demonstrate that military transport aircraft can be used as bombers.
According to Flightglobal, during the tests, the military dropped a transport pallet from the aircraft with two models of cruise missiles. These checks were considered successful.
Over the past few years, the US Air Force has been considering the concept of a “flying arsenal.” It provides for the possibility of creating an aircraft capable of carrying a large number of missile and bomb weapons.
One version of the concept suggests that missiles from such an aircraft will be launched on command from a fighter, on which, on the contrary, a possible minimum of weapons will be suspended.
Tests for dropping cruise missiles from a transport aircraft were carried out in January 2020 by specialists from the US Air Force Research Laboratory and the US Air Force Special Operations Forces, but the military only announced this now.
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