Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1968
Total Production: 3,155
Also Known As: B61 Mod 11 and B61-11
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: B61
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1968
Total Production: 3,635
Family Members: B61 Mod 12
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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 USAF procured 50 B61-11 bombs beginning in 1997 to be used primarily by the B-2A Spirit stealth bomber. The 540 kg Mod 11 gravity bomb features a Circular Error Probable (CEP) of 170 meters and a yield of 400 kilotons. All the models previous to this one are expected to phase out before 2020 with the B61-11 being the only model in the active duty thereafter.

B61 Applications

Combat Aircraft B-1B Lancer B-2A Spirit B-52H Stratofortress

B61 Specifications

Diameter: 330 millimeter (13.0 inch)
Length: 3.56 meter (140 inch)
CEP: 170 meter
Weight: 540 kilogram (1,190 pound)
Yield: 400 kiloton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

B61 News

There are 4 news between
1 Nov 2016 and 24 Aug 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018US Air Force Testing Earth Penetrating B61-12 Nuclear Bomb
Friday, February 2, 2018United States F-35 Stealth Jets to Receive Nuclear Weapons
Tuesday, August 29, 2017USAF Successfully Tests Release of B61-12 Nuclear Bomb from F-15E Strike Eagle
Tuesday, November 1, 2016USAF B-2 Bomber to Receive LRSO, B-61 Mod 12 and B-61 Mod 11 Nuclear Weapons

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America3,155

Grand Total 3,1551
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