U.S. Releases Nuclear Missile, Bomber Counts

The United States as of Sept. 1 possessed 448 launch-ready ICBMs and 324 additional ballistic missiles in reserve, according to details made public on Thursday on the nation's nuclear-weapon delivery systems (see GSN, Oct. 26).

The U.S. fleet of deployed land-based ballistic missiles was comprised solely of Minuteman 3 ICBMs, according to data released by the State Department. The country held 266 more Minuteman 3 missiles in storage with 58 launch units for the reserve weapons. In addition, the nation had 58 Peacekeeper ICBMs in storage with 51 firing units.

Separately, the United States possessed six test launch platforms for Minuteman 3 ICBMs and one for the Peacekeeper missiles.

The country had 249 launch-ready Trident 2 submarine-carried ballistic missiles and 161 more of the weapons in storage. Eighty-seven additional Trident 2 launch units were available in reserve.

The nation fielded 11 B-2, 39 B-52G and 75 B-52H nuclear bombers, and it had nine B-2 aircraft and 16 B-52H planes in storage. In addition, it held two B-2 and two B-52H test aircraft (U.S. State Department release I, Dec. 1).

The information's publication is permitted under the U.S.-Russian New START strategic nuclear arms control treaty, the State Department said (U.S. State Department release II, Dec. 1).


 

December 2, 2011
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The United States as of Sept. 1 possessed 448 launch-ready ICBMs and 324 additional ballistic missiles in reserve, according to details made public on Thursday on the nation's nuclear-weapon delivery systems .

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