CBRN Assessment

USAF expects challenge in certifying modernised nuclear weapon systems for cyber age

02 May 2018

Key Points

  • The USAF expects a challenge with certifying revamped nuclear weapon systems for cyber
  • Its legacy ICBMs, aircraft, and cruise missiles were certified long before the internet era

The US Air Force (USAF) is expecting a challenge when it comes to certifying its modernised nuclear weapons systems for the cyber age, according to a key officer.

The service is embarking on a massive effort to revamp its nuclear weapon systems for the twenty-first century. The USAF wants to develop a new Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system, Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) air-launched cruise missile, a B61 weapon life extension programme, and a new Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber.

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