(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – The Department of Defense announced that they were seeking approval for a nuclear bomb that would be 24 times more powerful than the bombs that were used during World War II against Japan. The Pentagon is trying to get congressional approval and funding for the B61-13 nuclear gravity ball.
John Plumb, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy stated that this announcement was a reflection of the changing “security environment” and the increase in threats from the country’s political adversaries. He further argued that the United States had a responsibility to assess what was needed in order to deter any strategic attacks.
The fact sheet about the bomb stated that the B61-13 would have a yield close to the one of B61-7, which the Defense News report has stated is at a maximum of 360 kilotons. That load is 24 times bigger than that of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. That bomb had a yield of around 15 kilotons while the one dropped on Nagasaki was approximately 25 kilotons.
The announcement comes at a time when tension and conflict across the world have been escalating. Earlier this month the U.S. had also conducted a high-explosive experiment in Nevada at a nuclear test site.
The National Nuclear Security Administration deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation Corey Hinderstein stated that the tests were part of the U.S.’s efforts to “develop new technology” as part of the country’s “nuclear nonproliferation goals.” Hinderstein added that this would help reduce the number of global nuclear threats.
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