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Mass production of refurbished nuclear weapons could begin soon, NNSA says
The National Nuclear Security Administration still awaits the all-clear from the Pentagon to begin mass refurbishment of its arsenal of B61 gravity bombs and W88 submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead, an agency spokesperson said Wednesday. The agency finished proof-of-concept versions of the refurbished weapons last year and had planned to begin mass production of the refurbed units between May and June, according to the agency’s 2023 budget request from March and congressional testimony in May from National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) administrator Jill Hruby. As of Wednesday, the NNSA was still awaiting the all-clear from the Pentagon to begin mass production of the refurbished weapons. “We are currently awaiting the pending…
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