It was an American nuclear weapon test that caused a cloud over Nevada this March and it didn’t take a satellite to see the dust rising.
The March 14th test was the first in a new series. US weapons makers are making a new nuclear bomb — a replacement for four bombs already in our nuclear arsenal.
The B61-12 is estimated to be ready for use in 2020.
The first in a three year series of tests began this march at Sandia National Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
Reading from the Sandia/Lockheed press release: “Test day dawned cloudless and wind free”.
While observers watched from a tower, and more via video stream, a couple of F-16C jets rose from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and soared over the 280 miles Tonopah range.
“Those watching from the tower of the Test Range operations center reported that they felt “excitement and pleasure” that it all worked as they expected.
The only hitch was a herd of wild horses, who had to be rounded up and headed away from the test site.
“It’s great to see things all come together, the weapon design the test preparation, the aircraft and the people who made it all happen,” the test director said. Everyone involved is happily hoping their future tests go as well.
The first version of the B61-12 is estimated to be ready for use in 2020. That gives everyone a chance to do a lot more tests.
It raises just one question. if North Korea nuclear tests are "provocations" justifying bombing by foreign powers, what do you think American nuclear tests are? Or to put it more prosaically, who do we think we are? For those living in glass houses, nuclear bombs are one dumb thing to throw.