The US Air Force (USAF) is to begin production of a new guided tail-kit assembly (TKA) for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb, the service announced on 7 December.
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) said that this Milestone C decision, which marks the end of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the TKA, follows the completion of a 27-month test programme that had been packed into less than 11 months. This testing has resulted in a 100% success rate from 31 bomb drops.
“The accelerated schedule, as well as other risk mitigation strategies, enabled the programme office to save more than USD280 million in development costs”, Colonel Dustin Ziegler, AFNWC director for air-delivered capabilities, said.
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