We are talking about a nuclear warhead of low power W76-2.
In Texas, the Pantax nuclear plant began to build a W76-2 nuclear warhead in the framework of the Pentagon nuclear strategy review initiated by the Donald Trump Administration. This is stated in a press release from the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), the Defense News reports.
“NNSA is working to complete the production of the first batch of W76-2 warheads and transfer them to the Navy by the end of the fiscal year 2019,” said the agency.
So, the design of the new warhead is a modification of the W76-1 warhead for the Trident 2 Solid State Bombardier (BD) Trident 2 missiles that are being used by the US Navy. At the same time, the warhead is supposed to be smaller than the weapons that broke out in Hiroshima during the Second World War.
However, this system is controversial, since many Democrats in Congress claim that by their nature all nuclear weapons are strategic rather than tactical. They note that even low-productive nuclear weapons are incredibly powerful. As a result, the future of weapons is in doubt, and Adam Smith, chairman of the Armed Forces Committee, points out the desire to refuse to fund W76-2.
As reported, on December 4, 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington will cease to comply with the provisions of the Intermediate and Low Range (INF) Missile Cargo Agreement within 60 days if Russia does not return to fulfill its obligations. In turn, NATO countries have stated that Russia has violated the relevant treaty.
Recall Tramp said that the United States withdraw from the treaty on the elimination of medium and short range missiles from the Russian Federation.
On October 4, 2018, the former head of the Pentagon Jamc Mettis said that Russia’s deployment of nuclear missiles in violation of the INF Treaty is “unacceptable,” and if Moscow does not return to fulfill its obligations, Washington will have to take action