Amid growing tensions in the Korean Peninsula over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's nuclear program, and after the first-ever combat use of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Blast Bomb, also known as the "Mother Of All Bombs," the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced on Friday the successful field test of a modernized "steerable" version of the B61 gravity nuclear bomb in Nevada.
The NNSA, the section of the Department of Energy (DoE) responsible for nuclear weapons, said in a statement that it completed in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force "the first qualification flight test of the B61-12 gravity bomb on March 14 at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada."
The statement went on to say that the "non-nuclear test assembly" was dropped from an F-16 fighter that took off from Nellis Air Force Base. The test was designed to evaluate "both the weapon's non-nuclear functions as well as the aircraft's (USAF F-16 fighter) capability to deliver the weapon," according to the statement by the NNSA.
"An F-16 fighter from Nellis Air Force Base dropped the 'non-nuclear test assembly.'"