B-2 flies first ‘end-to-end’ tests with new nuclear bomb

The B61-12 nuclear gravity bombs are set to enter service in 2020 and already cost nearly twice their literal weight in gold.

The U.S. Air Force, in cooperation with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, has completed the first end-to-end qualification flight tests of the new B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb on the B-2 bomber.

This milestone comes amid continued concerns about the weapon’s cost, including the recent announcement that the Pentagon’s top internal watchdog has started its own audit of the program.


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By Joseph Trevithick
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