The U.S. Air Force and National Nuclear Security Administration have conducted two flight tests that hadÂ joint test assemblies of B61-7 and B61-11 nuclear bombs released from two separateÂ B-2A Spirit stealth bombers.
NNSA said ThursdayÂ JTAs are mock weapons that do not contain nuclear materials but are built to feature sensors and instrumentation to helpÂ scientists and engineers assess test performance.
The flight tests took placeÂ at the Tonopah Test Range in Nevada as part of theÂ qualification process for weapon systems’ current alterations and life extension programs, NNSA added.
Gen. Michael Lutton, NNSA’s principal assistant deputy administrator for military application, said the tests build onÂ NNSA’s missionÂ to keepÂ weapon systems are safe, secure and effective.
Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories jointly designed the B61 JTAs andÂ theÂ Kansas City National Security Campus manufactured the components that were assembled atÂ theÂ Pantex Plant in Texas.