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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 May 2018 12:11 p.m. PST

The Air Force is integrating the B61 Mod 12 nuclear weapon into the F-35 this year as part of a long-range plan to deploy a nuclear-armed, dual-capable F-35 able to give commanders a wider envelope of precision nuclear attack options…

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28mm Fanatik24 May 2018 2:34 p.m. PST

This is the first time I heard about the F-35 being used as a nuke delivery platform. Interesting.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 4:06 p.m. PST

Creative!

Dan

Katzbalger24 May 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

I don't know if I'd call it creative--after all, an early nuke delivery platform was the wonderful delta-winged A4!

Rob

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2018 10:01 p.m. PST

Rob

Lol. It's creative for an F-35.

Dan

Andy ONeill25 May 2018 4:50 a.m. PST

Precision isn't something i'd usually associate with any nuclear attack.

Old Wolfman25 May 2018 7:02 a.m. PST

Up to 50 KT yield.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 7:23 a.m. PST

Andy: "Precision isn't something i'd usually associate with any nuclear attack"

Back in the days of the Cold War, didn't we already have ICBM missiles that could hit within 300 yards of their targets?

We must have made some improvements since then, for sure. But, then again, at that point what difference does it make if you vaporize 300 yards further, right?

Dan

Andy ONeill25 May 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

Yep, that's my thinking.
I suppose precision can be relative.

bsrlee25 May 2018 12:39 p.m. PST

Its way easier to recall an aircraft than a missile.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

Barlee

So true!

Dan

Lion in the Stars25 May 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

Wiki says the B61-12 is as accurate as a JDAM. Certain deeply-buried bunkers require either a small bomb on the front door or a much, much bigger bomb within 300m. Yield required basically goes up with the square of the distance.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP25 May 2018 10:54 p.m. PST

Lion: "Yield required basically goes up with the square of the distance."

Is that the distance from blast to target?

Dan

Lion in the Stars26 May 2018 4:03 a.m. PST

Yes, distance from blast to target.

If you can put that nuke within 30m of the target, even a 50kt blast will leave a big enough crater to eat the bunker. But if you can only get with 500m, well, you're going to need 225x the blast force (or more).

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