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Are there still operational, targeted nuclear weapons, on ballistic missiles, which would explode as they hit the ground to form a crater kilometres across and hundreds of metres deep, unlike air burst nuclear explosions, from cruise missile delivery?

To comply with the START II most US multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, have been eliminated and replaced with single warhead missiles. The U.S. The U.S. Each submarine is equipped with a complement of 24 Trident II missiles. with about 5,400 total nuclear warheads: around 3,575 strategic and 500 nonstrategic warheads; and about 1,260 additional warheads held in the inactive stockpile. maintains about 400 nuclear gravity bombs capable of use by F-15, F-16, and F-35. Sea-launch weapons make up the majority of weapons declared under START II rules. However, since the abandonment of the START II treaty, the U.S. Other warheads are in some step of the disassembly process.”

“- Land-based intercontinental ballistic and cruise missiles (ICBMs)

The US Air Force currently operates about 450-500 ICBMs at around 15 missile complexes located primarily in the northern Rocky Mountain states and the Dakotas. attack submarines are equipped to launch, but do not currently carry nuclear Tomahawk missiles. Some Trident missiles are equipped with the W88 warhead.. All USAF Minuteman II missiles have been destroyed in accordance to START and their launch silos sealed or sold to the public. The bomber force consists of 94 B-52s, and 19 B-2s. “For 2007, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists listed the U.S. These are all of the Minuteman III ICBM variants. The Strategic Air Command which for decades had kept nuclear weapons aboard bomber aircraft aloft 24 hours a day was disbanded in 1992 and merged into the US Strategic Command. Peacekeeper missiles were phased out of the Air Force inventory in 2005. The first Minuteman III were removed under this plan in 2007 while, at the same time, the warheads deployed on Minuteman IIIs began to be upgraded from smaller W62s to larger W87s from decommissioned Peacekeeper missiles.

- Heavy bomber group:

The US Air Force also operates a strategic nuclear bomber fleet. is said to be considering retaining 500 warheads on 450 missiles. Some 350 of these bombs are deployed at seven airbases in six European NATO countries[11]; of these, 180 tactical B61 nuclear bombs fall under a nuclear sharing arrangement.”

Source and further information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction

- Sea-based ICBMs:

The US Navy currently has 14 SSBN Ohio-class submarines deployed. Approximately 12 U.S. goal under the SORT treaty is to reduce from 1,600 warheads deployed on over 500 missiles in 2003 to 500 warheads on 450 missiles in 2012. All 64 B-1s were retrofitted to operate in a solely conventional mode by 2007 and are no longer counted as nuclear forces.

In addition to this, the US armed forces can also deploy tactical smaller nuclear weapons either through cruise missiles or with conventional fighter-bombers


Posted by admin on May 22nd, 2015 :: Filed under Uncategorized
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