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Boeing to Assess B-61 Bomb Dynamics

Boeing is set next month to begin testing how various military planes would drop the B-61 nuclear bomb once it is refurbished with a new "tail kit," Inside Defense reported last week.

The "separations wind tunnel testing" would start three months before the Air Force is to conduct its first evaluation of Boeing's blueprint for the critical component in the weapon's planned "Mod 12" update. The service has already used "free stream" airflow tests to ensure the bomb holds together and to scrutinize how it falls in various environments.

Boeing's last key challenge before the November check-up "involves updating our electronics to survive all required environments that the B-61-12 will be exposed to," said John Mistretta, a materiel supervisor with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

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