“The non-nuclear test assemblies, which were dropped from an F-15E based at Nellis Air Force Base, evaluated the weapon’s non-nuclear functions and the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon,” said the NNSA.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, recently tweeted; “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes,” a narrative that he campaigned on and continues to push during his fledgling presidency.
The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
The B61-12 bomb is to eventually replace the U.S’s old nuclear arsenal, and is considered “the most dangerous nuclear bomb ever produced.” It is said that that the bomb is more accurate than previous bombs, and its yield can be adjusted from a terrifying 50,000 tons of TNT equivalent to a low of 300 tons.
The Nevada test comes as tensions with North Korea continue to escalate in the region after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s military launched a missile over Japan Tuesday.