B61 Mod 12  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2024
Maiden Flight: July 2015
Total Production: 480
Development Cost: USD$9.5 billion
Unitary Cost: USD$20 million
Also Known As: B61-12
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: B61
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1968
Total Production: 3,635
Family Members: B61
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Description: The United States of America B61 is a variable yield thermonuclear bomb designed for carriage by high speed/supersonic aircraft and release from high and low altitudes aided by a parachute and a delayed fuze. The bomb was designed in 1963 in Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and entered production in 1968. The 320 kg B61 bomb yield varies from 0.3 to 340 kilotons depending on the assigned target. The B61 Mod 11 (B61-11) was developed in 1997 to serve as a ground penetrating bunker buster weapon. As of 2014 some 200 B61 bombs remain in service with the United States of America Air Force (USAF) and its NATO allies. The B61 bomb has been integrated with the F-111, Tornado IDS, B-1, B-2 and B-52 bombers and the F-4, F-15C/D/E, F-16, F/A-18, A-4, A-6 and A-7 aircraft. The B61 Mod 12 (B61-12) is the latest development and is intended for release primarily by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) carried in its internal weapons bay. The F-22 internal weapons bay is not compatible with the B61 nuclear bomb.

The B61 Mod 12, with an estimated accuracy of 30 meters and an intended service life of 20 years, is fitted with a 50 kilotons nuclear warhead far more suitable for tactical use due by its low yield, higher reliability and accuracy. Alternatively the Mod 12 can yield 0.3, 5 or 10 kilotons. Development of the new bomb is being carried out by Boeing and will feature a glider to provide increased standoff capability compared with previous gravity nuclear bombs. Besides, the new bomb will leverage Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) technology for increased accuracy. The B61-12 may enter service after 2017 integrated with the F-35 stealth fighter aircraft and the B-2A stealth bomber. NATO allies buying the F-35 may use the new nuclear bomb as well. The USAF may procure 400-500 B61-12 bombs replacing all the previous models except the Mod 11 models that may stay in service for another decade. The B61-12 may replace the B83 nuclear bomb as well.

B61 Mod 12 Applications

Combat Aircraft B-21 Raider B-2A Spirit F-15E Strike Eagle F-35A Lightning II F-35B Lightning II F-35C Lightning II

B61 Mod 12 Specifications

Diameter: 330 millimeter (13.0 inch)
Length: 3.56 meter (140 inch)
CEP: 30 meter
Service Life: 20 year
Weight: 320 kilogram (705 pound)
Yield: 50 kiloton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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B61 Mod 12 News

There are 9 news between
27 Nov 2012 and 24 Aug 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018US Air Force Testing Earth Penetrating B61-12 Nuclear Bomb
Sunday, July 1, 2018US Air Force B-2 Bomber Successfully Tests B61 Mod 12 Nuclear Bomb
Tuesday, August 29, 2017USAF Successfully Tests Release of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb from F-15E Strike Eagle
Sunday, April 16, 2017US Air Force Successfully Tests B61-12 Nuclear Bomb from F-16 Aircraft
Tuesday, November 1, 2016USAF B-2 Bomber to Receive LRSO, B-61 Mod 12 and B-61 Mod 11 Nuclear Weapons
Tuesday, August 2, 2016US to Deploy B61-12 Nuclear Warhead
Tuesday, October 13, 2015Boeing Awarded Contract for B61-12 Nuclear Bomb Engineering
Monday, July 13, 2015US Air Force Tests B61 Mod 12 Nuclear Bomb
Tuesday, November 27, 2012Boeing to Upgrade B61 Nuclear Free Fall Bomb

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