Nuclear Escalation in the Italian Peninsula: the B61-12 bomb has been tested
“An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircraft’s capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon’s non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.”
a nuclear head with four power options to choose from, depending on the object you wish to strike;
a guidance system that permits it to launch not directly above its target, but some distance from it; and
the capacity to penetrate into the ground to destroy command centre bunkers in a nuclear first strike.
“nuclear weapons such as the B61-12 which are less weighty (from 0.3 to 50 kiloton) yet more precise, increase the temptation to use them, which could even be for a pre-emptive nuclear strike rather than in an act of reprisal”.
Il Manifesto (Italy)