Clock is ticking on aging B61 bomb, StratCom chief says
A photo of the business ends of four B61 free-fall bombs on a bomb cart. The head of the U.S. Strategic Command, Gen. C. Robert Kehler, wants the bombs upgraded.
Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:00 am
Updated: 12:10 pm, Fri May 23, 2014.
The oldest atomic bomb in the U.S. arsenal desperately needs to be upgraded before its aging electronics go bad early in the next decade, the head of the Offutt-based U.S. Strategic Command says.
Gen. C. Robert Kehler has been telling anyone who will listen that the clock is ticking on the B61 bomb. It was designed in the 1960s to be dropped from NATO's strategic bombers and tactical fighters, thwarting a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:00 am.
Updated: 12:10 pm.