Close sidebar

US Nuclear Posture Review sees cuts planned

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 7, 2010
The B-52H retains its nuclear role. (USAF)
The B-52H retains its nuclear role. (USAF)

The Obama administration released its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) on April 6 which is designed to reduce the number and types of nuclear weapons in the US arsenal.

The review will see the US continue to strengthen its conventional capabilities and reduce the role of its nuclear weapons in deterring non-nuclear attacks, with the administration saying it would only consider the use of nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances to defend the US’s vital interests or those of a key ally. It added that the US will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states that are signatories to the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and which are in compliance with NPT obligations.

Whilst the NPR pledges to maintain the US’s ‘nuclear triad’ of ICBMs, SLBMs, and land based bombers, it also says ICBM and SLBM Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) warheads and nuclear tipped Tomahawk cruise missiles (TLAM-N) will be phased out, and no new nuclear weapons will be developed, with current stocks to be refurbished or enhanced.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Tactical nuclear free-fall bombs such as the B-61 carried by forward-deployed fighters in Europe, and US or forward deployed B-52H and B-2 bombers will continue to be maintained in service.

25% off starts now! Australian Aviation magazine Cyber Monday sale is now live. Have the very best of Australian Aviation’s annual print and digital subscription. This includes every In Focus and Behind the Lens digital magazine, special coverage, exclusive photos and editions you may have miss. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

Each day, our subscribers are more informed with the right information.

SIGN UP to the Australian Aviation magazine for high-quality news and features for just $99.95 per year