Berlin, Germany – NATO allies Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy have launched a joint nuclear warfare exercise. In the German press, called Steadfast Noon, B61 bombs were used in Turkey, but Turkey was not involved.
Germany began a nuclear war exercise this week, details of which were “kept secret.” The exercise, called” Steadfast Noon, ” also includes German tornado fighter jets and Dutch, Belgian and Italian fighter jets.
The exercises, in which type B61 nuclear bombs are loaded onto aircraft, take place under the umbrella of NATO. German newspaper Bild wrote that such nuclear bombs are also in Turkey, but Turkey is not involved in this exercise.
The location of the secret NATO alliance exercise was identified as Neurvenich Air Base. It is assumed that hydrogen bombs of the type B61 are stored in Büchel, Germany, and at the same time the Air Force here is also conducting exercises to protect the stored areas. The use of B61 bombs by German tornadoes was also tested, while Patriot defense systems were also deployed in the area against an attack.
According to military experts, the “Steadfast Noon” maneuvers, which are regularly performed in October, are testing how to safely transport U.S. nuclear weapons from their sheltered places underground to the plane and mount them under fighter jets. However, this information about this exercise was not previously announced.
The danger of a war with nuclear weapons is thought to be higher than in the last three decades. The main reason for this is that the INF Treaty gives up medium-range systems suitable for land-based nuclear weapons. In the summer of 2019, the United States, with the support of its NATO partners, withdrew from this agreement, assuming that Russia had violated it for years with a medium-range system called 9M729 (NATO code: SSC-8).
The United States is said to be working on a new nuclear warhead system that will be launched from land. The agreement on the limitation of strategic nuclear weapons expires on February 5, 2021.
The B61 bomb, although it is called a hydrogen bomb, is actually a thermonuclear bomb. Its destructive effect is based on the use of the reaction of nuclear synthesis of light elements to heavier ones (for example, the production of a helium atom from two deuterium atoms), where a large amount of energy is released.
However, by combining a heavy isotope of hydrogen (deuterium) and an isotope of lithium together with a mass number of 6, known today as lithium deuterium-6, it was possible to obtain a product that could be delivered to the target by plane. In addition to the “nuclear” properties, its main advantage is that it is robust and allows you to store deuterium at positive ambient temperatures.