The U.S. Air Force, in cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratories, declassified a video in which the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet drops the B61-12 hydrogen bomb test model. The video was published on the YouTube channel of The War Zone on November 23.
As The Drive reports citing a press release from the Sandia Laboratory, the bomb was tested on August 25 at Tonopa Range in Nevada. The bomb was dropped from an airplane, which speed exceeded the speed of sound, from a height of 3.2 km. It took about 42 seconds to hit the target marked on the firing range.
It is noted that B61-12 is also the first weapon in this family of nuclear bombs, which has a precision guidance system in the form of a tail set with a GPS navigator. The Auxiliary Inertial Navigation System (INS) is slightly similar to the one used in Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bombs.
On May 7, it became known that the American edition We Are The Mighty modeled the drop of a 10,000 megaton thermonuclear bomb. The example was made in a NukeMap simulator.