Amid lead-heavy uncertainty over the “corona”, German Deutsche Welle broke the “monotony” of public fear of the virus, announcing last week that the United States was preparing to modernize its atomic bombs deployed at US bases in Germany (“US set to upgrade controversial nukes stationed in Germany”, DW.com).
It has nothing to do with a pandemic. It has to do with the nuclear threat of America and the allies facing Russia. On that track, things develop as if there is no virus.
The article, on the official tribune website, could be taken as a signal that Berlin is surprised. However, as a “junior” in a “democratically” formed NATO, he is left to pound heel to heel and report with “reason.”
B61-12 is “the most expensive gravity bomb the US has ever built”
Expensive as if it were of gold
The bomb the Pentagon will use to earn the Germans is called B-61-12. The new devastating device will replace models of similar American weapons in Germany, type B-61-3 and B-61-4, introduced in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
The B-61-12 has “significantly greater capabilities,” Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists, said when asked by DW.
It comes with a “tail set, which makes it suitable to hit its target much more accurately.” For example, with a deviation of “about 30 to 60 meters”. The “no tail” bombs that arrived for replacement did not have this capability. They are simply for getting off the plane, so as they fall.
Now, these “tails”, they cost, are expensive. The B-61-12 is “the most expensive gravity bomb the US has ever made,” an American expert explained to the Germans. “Some people have calculated that a dry gold bomb would cost less than this,” Kristensen was quoted as saying.
Unpleasant announcement for the German budget.
Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists
Complete with F35?
A curious detail about the newer and more modern bombs concerns the aircraft, capable of carrying and dropping them, DW said.
So far, it was supposed to be a German “tornado” from the 1980s. And with German pilots.
Crews rehearse the mission by training with “liars”. In the case of the (American) command of a true atomic attack, “American soldiers who store bombs on a German air base (authorized to fire any intruder) would attach a bomb to a German fighter jet and activate the code.” The German crew would then be given command to take off and complete the task.
The thing with “tailed” bombs, however, is more complicated.
The overturned “tornado” is no longer suitable for this, “take off and throw”. A bomb that costs like pure gold also requires a completely different plane. For example, an American-made F35. Eventually F / A 18, an American also, or a “jurofiter”, a European Union baby.
It's not hard to guess that the favorite in picking a new bomb launcher is the first-mentioned, otherwise advertised, export item of the US aviation industry.
Aerial view of Buchel Air Force Base in the Eifel region of West Germany
Bombs in Germany, Germans unannounced
The pearl of the “tail bomb” story, complete with the American plane, is neither a new homicide device nor a spacecraft – the heart of this watermelon is the fact that the Germans have no idea about US nuclear weapons on German territory.
Such a conclusion is drawn from the Deutsche Welle allegations.
Ten years ago (2010), the Bundestag “voted to withdraw bombs” from Germany. And for now, they remain and are still being modernized, lamented the German media.
The bombs are at Bikel Air Force Base, US.
“The exact number of bombs stored in underground vaults at the air base is unclear. Estimates range from 15 to 20 and their location is state secret (…)
The German government has never officially confirmed the existence of nuclear bombs in Bikel. In fact, parliamentarians would risk prosecuting state secrets if they officially recognized their location.
Officially, the German Government accepts only that it is part of what has been formally designated as a 'nuclear partition agreement'. It involves training and training in use. Also, the views of those countries are “in view”.
The Pentagon doesn't care about the Bundestag
The exact number of US bombs in Europe is unknown, though it is “estimated at around 150”. Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy are “part of the division agreement”.
In March 2010, the Bundestag adopted a resolution endorsed by all parties, urging the government to “vigorously” take “US allies to withdraw all nuclear weapons from Germany.”
“I have never heard from anyone at the Strategic Air Command, or the Difens Department, that they have any regard for German specific views on the use of nuclear weapons,” Kristensen was quoted as saying. Germany can be as influential as it is not a member of the “nuclear partition agreement”, it was quoted.
Whispering about her dissatisfaction with such a fact or not, she was forced to reconcile with the fact that the delivery of more modern American bombs to US bases in German territory was a done deal. It will follow by 2022.
One of Deutsche's unnamed interlocutors “suspects” that even “German commanders” in Bikel will be notified that new bombs have been delivered.
“Whenever an American plane arrives at an air base, the entire landing ground closes. It's so secret that you never know if the plane is loaded with Coke or bombs, ”the source was quoted as saying.
That's how it happens when the “key ally” is younger in the machine.