U.S. Completes Sixth Nonexplosive Plutonium Trial

Japanese authorities on Monday declared the completion last month of a sixth U.S. plutonium test for assessing the capacities of the United States' nuclear armaments, Kyodo News reported.

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration indicated the Z machine trial had taken place on Aug. 27, according to local civil servants in the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The newly revealed plutonium study was preceded by a trial earlier this year and four comparable examinations in 2010 and 2011.

The Z machine can generate X-rays of unparalleled intensity to mimic the fusion reactions of nuclear warheads, allowing for analysis of plutonium reactions under conditions like those of a detonating nuclear bomb, according to previous reports. The technology is one component of the program to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal remains safe, secure and reliable.

September 25, 2012
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Japanese authorities on Monday declared the completion last month of a sixth U.S. plutonium test for assessing the capacities of the United States' nuclear armaments, Kyodo News reported.

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