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US to Send Next-generation Nuclear Weapons to Turkey


October 28, 2018
Nerdun Hacıoglu / Hurriyet Daily News

Russian state media claimed on July 2 that the United States is preparing to send the next generation of B61 guided nuclear gravity bombs to NATO bases in European countries, including Turkey. The United States currently has a total of 150 nuclear weapons in five NATO member countries, including Turkey.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/us-to-send-next-generation-nuclear-weapons-to-turkey-russian-report-134073

Turkey to Get Next Generation US Nukes
Nerdun Hacıoglu / Hurriyet Daily News

The new generation B61s are the "usable" nuclear weapons that US generals, admirals and policy makers have been speaking of for the better part of the last decade.
They are scalable in terms of their nuclear blast yield, so they can be dialed to a smaller or larger sized explosion.
These would be the weapons used if the US were to attack North Korea or Iran and nuclear weapons were to be used.

-- Matthew Hoh


Turkey and Other NATO Countries to Get
Next Generation US Nuclear Weapons

Nerdun Hacıoglu / Hurriyet Daily News



A B-2 Spirit drops inert Joint Direct Attack Munitions over the Utah Testing and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base. The bomber will soon add the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb to its weaponry. (US Air Force photo)

MOSCOW (July 2, 2018) -- Russian state media claimed on July 2 that the United States is preparing to send the next generation of B61 guided nuclear gravity bombs to NATO bases in European countries, including Turkey.

The US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the US Air Force completed two non-nuclear system qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb on June 9 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada, according to a June 29 statement by DOE/NNSA.

The test, which was reportedly the first of its kind, was aimed at extending the B61 bomb's service life by adapting it to next generation aircraft, including B-2A Spirit Bomber.

"The B61-12 LEP will consolidate and replace the existing B61 bomb variants in the [US] nuclear stockpile. The first production unit is on schedule for completion in fiscal year 2020," the statement said.

Russia's state-run RIA news agency claimed on July 2 that the nuclear bomb will also be adapted to the F-35 aircrafts.

"The United States continues to invest in weapons of mass destruction. The NATO bases in Turkey, Germany and Italy will receive the new bombs in 2020," Russian nuclear expert Alexandr Jilin was quoted as saying by the agency.

The United States has a total of 150 nuclear weapons in five NATO member countries, including Turkey, according to a report on worldwide nuclear arms prepared by the Turkish Parliament in October 2017.

Among those weapons, B61 type bombs are still in the İncirlik air base in the southern Turkish province of Adana.

According to data from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the number of B61s in Turkey is estimated to be nearly 50.

US officials neither confirm nor deny reports about NATO's nuclear weapons in Turkey.



Turkish Parliament Report: US Has
150 Nuclear Weapons in Five NATO Countries

Hurriyet Daily News

ANKARA, Turkey (October 31, 2017) -- The United States has a total of 150 nuclear weapons in five NATO member countries, including Turkey, according to a report on worldwide nuclear arms prepared by the Turkish Parliament.

The report, titled "Data on Nuclear Weapons," said there were around 15,000 nuclear weapons at 107 sites in 14 countries as of July this year, daily Millet reported on Oct. 31.

"Nearly 9,400 of these weapons are in arsenals for military use and the rest are standing idle to be destroyed," the report read.

It added that some 4,150 of the weapons in arsenals are ready to be used at any minute, while 1,800 are in "high alarm" status, which means they can be prepared for use in a short period of time.

According to the report, 93 percent of the world's nuclear weapons belong to Russia and the US

The report also said that nuclear weapons belonging to the US are present in five NATO countries that do not themselves have nuclear weapons.

Saying there are nuclear weapons belonging to the US in five NATO countries that do not have nuclear weapons.

"There are nearly 150 US nuclear weapons in six air bases in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey, which are NATO countries that don't themselves own nuclear weapons," it added.

The US, China, Russia, France and Britain are nuclear-armed state parties to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, while India, Pakistan and Israel never became parties even though they own nuclear weapons.

According to the data in parliament's report, Russia has 7,000 nuclear weapons, the US has 6,800, France has 300, China has 260, Britain has 215, Pakistan has 130, India has 120, Israel has 80 and North Korea has 10 nuclear weapons.

During the Cold War, the US placed nuclear weapons in NATO countries, including Turkey, as part of the organization's nuclear sharing program. Some of the nuclear weapons placed in the 1960s are still in Turkey today.

At the time, negotiations were carried out between Ankara and Washington in the 1950s and they were concluded at the beginning of the 1960s.

Among those weapons, B61 type bombs are still in the İncirlik air base in the southern Turkish province of Adana. Nuclear warhead Jupiter missiles that were sent to the country during the same time period were only kept in the country between 1961 and 1963.

According to data from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the number of B61s in Turkey is estimated to be nearly 50.

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