America is preparing to build a new, more powerful nuclear weapon. This is a modernised version of the B61 Nuclear Gravity Bomb, codenamed B61-13. The new bomb will be 24 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb and 14 times more powerful than the Nagasaki bomb. The B61-13 nuclear bomb, with a yield of 360 kilotons, will replace the B61-7.
America is preparing to build a new, more powerful nuclear weapon. It will be 24 times more powerful than the World War II bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
B61-13 will be the modernised version of B61.
According to the US Defence Department’s announcement, this will be a modernised version of the B61 nuclear gravity bomb, codenamed B61-13. Currently, it must be approved by Congress (Parliament). According to Fox News report, a statement issued by the Pentagon said that B61-13 will be manufactured by ‘The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’. The B61-13 nuclear bomb, weighing 360 kilotons, will replace the B61-7, ensuring that the number of nuclear bombs does not increase, but the stockpile becomes more dangerous.
Many orders of magnitude more powerful than the bomb dropped on Japan
In comparison to the new bomb, the Hiroshima bomb weighed 15 kilotons, while the Nagasaki bomb weighed 25 kilotons. In other words, the new bomb will be 24 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb and 14 times more powerful than the Nagasaki bomb.
An announcement was made amid rising danger.
According to John Plumb, Assistant Secretary for Space Defence Policy, this announcement was made with the changing and increasing threat in the world’s security situation in mind. He said, “We want to assure our country as well as our allies that we are conscious of the growing security challenges and are capable of responding appropriately if needed.”
There will be no increase in the number of nuclear weapons.
“B61-13 represents an appropriate step forward in managing the challenges of a highly dynamic security environment,” stated John Plumb, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Space Defence Policy. “Although it provides us with additional flexibility, production of the B61-13 will not increase the total number of warheads in our nuclear stockpile,” the Secretary of Defence stated.
The powerful new bomb will also “incorporate the advanced protection and accuracy features of the BB61-12,” according to the fact sheet, Fox News reports. The announcement comes as international tensions rise in the aftermath of the United States’ high-explosive experiment at a nuclear test site in Nevada earlier this month.