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Boeing to Modernize U.S. Nuclear Bombs

In another demonstration about how the world of nuclear weapons and classification of information has changed it was announced that Boeing (BA) has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to design a new tail kit for the standard B61 aerial nuclear weapon.

The contract is worth a little over $175 million and is part of a program to improve the weapon’s reliability and upgrade the design.

The B61 has been in existence for almost fifty years in various versions. Boeing will work with the Mod 12 of the bomb. The B61 is a key component of the current U.S. stockpile of weapons.

In the past even confirmation of the existence of this weapon would have been impossible and now contract awards are treated routinely.

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U.S. Air Force Continues To Buy Paveway Guidance Systems

The Paveway is a kit that converts an iron bomb into a laser guided one. They are not powered but use aerodynamic controls and a sensor kit to guide the bomb to where a laser is pointing. This laser may be ground or air based. With the development of the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) GPS guided system laser bombs have been used less but Paveways are still being produced and available for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Raytheon was awarded a contract last week to build another 750 kits to convert bombs with the Paveway kit. This is the full amount of the contract so it may be this will see the winding down of production. JDAM have the advantage of not requiring a designator as the coordinates are loaded into the weapon and by using GPS satellites it guides itself to them.

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