United States Nuclear Forces, 2016
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, 31 Oct 2016
Published online: 2 March 2016
|TYPE/DESIGNATION||NO||YEAR DEPLOYED||WARHEADS X YIELD (KILOTONS)||DEPLOYED|
|LGM-30G Minuteman III|
|Mk-12A||200||1979||1 W78 x 335 (MIRV)||200|
|Mk-21/SERV||240||20061||1 W87 x 300||240|
|UGM-133A Trident II D5||2882|
|Mk-4||1992||4 W76 x 100 (MIRV)||68|
|Mk-4A||2008||4 W76-1 x 100 (MIRV)||700|
|Mk-5||1990||4 W88 x 455 (MIRV)||384|
|B-52H Stratofortress||93/443||1961||ALCM/W80-1 x 5—150||200|
|B-2A Spirit||20/16||1994||B61-7/-11, B83-1||100|
|B61-3, -4 bombs||n/a||1979||0.3—170||1805|
- The W87 was initially deployed on the MX/Peacekeeper in 1986.
- Two additional submarines with 48 missile tubes (total) are normally in refueling overhaul and not available for deployment. They are not assigned nuclear weapons. Sometimes more than two submarines are undergoing maintenance.
- The first figure is the aircraft inventory, including those used for training, testing, and backup; the second is the portion of the primary-mission aircraft inventory estimated to be tasked for nuclear missions. As of September 2015, nuclear-capable bombers included 88 B-52Hs and 20 B-2s.
- The pool of bombs and cruise missiles allows for multiple loading possibilities depending on the mission. The Air Force has 528 nuclear-armed ALCMs (and more spares), of which an estimated 200 are deployed at Minot Air Force Base. Although B-52Hs can also carry the B61-7 and B83-1 gravity bombs, these are only planned for delivery on the B-2s.
- These are deployed in Europe. Another 320 bombs are in storage in the United States, for a total estimated inventory of 500 nonstrategic bombs.
- This includes spares.
ALCM: air-launched cruise missile
ICBM: intercontinental ballistic missile
LGM: silo-launched ground-attack missile
MIRV: multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle
SERV: security-enhanced reentry vehicle
SLCM: sea-launched cruise missile
SLBM: submarine-launched ballistic missile
UGM: underwater-launched ground attack missile
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