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Rehearsal for nuclear war: NATO teaches the Luftwaffe to bomb

Stable noon exercises on nuclear war are held in Germany. The 33rd Luftwaffe air squadron, capable of carrying US B61 nuclear bombs, takes part in manoeuvres.

Rehearsal for nuclear war: NATO teaches the Luftwaffe to bomb

The Bundeswehr conducts nuclear war exercises; manoeuvres take place at the Büchel airbase in the Rhineland-Palatinate region in the west of the country. The 33rd Luftwaffe air squadron is located at this base and about twenty nuclear bombs of the B61 type are stored.

The exercises are held using Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers. According to the scenario of manoeuvres, in case of emergency, B61 bombs can be dropped on objects of the opposing forces, writes the German publication Kronen Zeitung.

According to military experts, the regular Stable Noon manoeuvres include the practice of safely moving nuclear weapons from underground storage facilities and then installing them on fighter jets. However, flights are then carried out without bombs.
According to photographs published on the Internet, along with German aircraft this year, in particular, combat aircraft from Italy participate in manoeuvres. They flew from the Volkel military airfield in the Netherlands, where, like in Büchel, US nuclear weapons are stored.
There is no more detailed information on the exercise scenario, but nuclear weapons expert Hans Christensen noted that manoeuvres began shortly after the arrival of US B-52 bombers in the UK.
B61 - a hydrogen bomb, which is the main nuclear weapon of the strategic nuclear forces of the United States. It is a modification of the nuclear warhead developed in the 1960s. In 2015, the USA underwent tests without a warhead of the latest 12th guided modification of the bomb. The deployment is planned at NATO bases in Europe since 2020.
Last month, NATO leaders rejected a proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin to impose a moratorium on the creation of weapons prohibited by the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles.
The Russian leader expressed his initiatives in a letter sent on September 19 to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as leaders of the alliance countries.
“This proposal ignores the reality on the ground: Russia has already deployed SSC-8 in violation of the INF Treaty. Until Russia destroys the SSC-8 system, this deployment moratorium is not a real proposal. We again call on Russia to act as a responsible international entity, ”said Oan Lungescu, representative of the military alliance.
At the same time, he promised not to respond to the strengthening of Russia's missile power. It is worth noting that the SSC-8 is the European classification of the Russian ground-based 9M729 Novator cruise missile.
Western analysts believe that the 9M729 has a significantly greater range than 500 km. According to experts, the flight range of this missile can be about 2.5-3.5 thousand kilometres, which clearly violates the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium and Short Range Missiles.
At the same time, a month earlier, the US Department of Defense announced the test of a medium-range cruise missile ground-based, violating the INF Treaty. The missile was launched from the US Navy-controlled island of San Nicholas off the coast of Los Angeles, California.
It is worth adding that Putin, in an interview with RT, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia, said that Russia "cannot but be bothered by the situation related to international strategic stability and security."
“These are obvious things. In 2002, and [US President Donald] Trump had nothing to do with it, the United States withdrew from the missile defense treaty, which, I want to emphasize it again, was the cornerstone of the entire strategic security system in the world, because it limited the possibility of creating an anti-ballistic missile defense defense for both states, ”the Russian president recalled.
Earlier it became known that the United States wants to hold the largest military exercises in Europe since the Cold War next year. It was said that about 20 thousand troops will take part in large-scale US exercises Defender 2020.
Earlier, the American publication The National Interest reported that a nuclear war between Russia and the United States would have claimed billions of lives. The publication referred to the declassified document of the US Air Force Strategic Command of 1956, which indicated more than 1200 cities in the USSR and nearby as targets for American missiles.

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