The US President Joe Biden has sent to Europe highly accurate tactical nuclear weapons and B61-12 thermonuclear bombs with payloads up to 50 kilotons, compared to Hiroshima which had a payload of around 15 kilotons.
This is part of an £8.5 billion upgrade which can be used using B-2 stealth bombers, F-15s, F-35s and Tornado fighter jets.
The aircraft have had “all of the bomb’s nuclear and non-nuclear components,” replaced or refurbished, the US confirmed.
The “dial-a-yeild” B61-12 thermonuclear bombs are equipped with tailkits which allows them to be delivered by plane which can be dropped as “dumb” bombs with a “guided drop” mode with an accuracy of 30 metres.
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The Pentagon insisted this “was in no way linked to current events in Ukraine and was not sped up in any way,” adding, that the modernisation of B61s have been “underway for years.”
The US defence secretary Lloyd Austin said, “I don’t think this sends any message to Putin. He understands what our capability is.”
Austin added, “We are certainly concerned about escalation, we have been so from the very beginning of this conflict.
“It would be the first time that a nuclear weapon has been used in over 70 years.”
Vladimir Putin gave lengthy rant on Thursday, “The historical period of the West’s undivided dominance over world affairs is coming to an end.
“We are standing at a historical frontier: ahead is probably the most dangerous, unpredictable and, at the same time, important decade since the end of World War Two.
“We are facing a historic milestone.