Russian NSNWs, and other nuclear weapons potentially suitable for use in limited regional war, include bomber-launched ALCMs
, submarine-launched cruise missiles (SLCM), and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCM).
More than two and one-half decades after the end of the Cold War and the demise of the Soviet Union, post-Soviet Russia and the United States maintain numerous nuclear weapons deployed on intercontinental and transoceanic launchers, including land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), and heavy bombers capable of carrying a variety of munitions, including gravity bombs, air-launched cruise missiles (ALCM
), and advanced cruise missiles.
However, the B-21 may also carry nuclear stand-off weapons in the form of the Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) ALCM
which could replace the existing nuclear-armed Boeing AGM-86B ALCM
currently deployed on the B-52H.
The excess ALCMs
will also be eliminated, with the remaining missiles
A decision on which ALCM
to buy is expected in 2005, with the weapons entering service between 2007 and 2009.
European industry is capable of designing and producing global positioning system-inertial navigation system (GPS-INS) kits, ALCMs
, LGBs, and IFRF aircraft.
"We've been told that there are no more ALCMs
As a result, a highly secret program was started to convert nuclear-armed ALCMs
into conventional missiles.
One modification resulted in fairings called strakelets on the leading edge of each wingroot of all B-52Gs that carry Air Launched Cruise Missiles (ALCM
The upgrade of 06/24 meant the ALCMS
software needed to be adjusted for the first time, the task being completed by the manufacturers' engineers in around six hours.
To thwart an attack by ALCMs
, US forces should prevent Chinese bombers (H-6s and JH-7s) from reaching the maximum launch range of their most likely weapons--323 nm.
armaments if it is "equipped for long-range nuclear ALCMs