US Announces Nuclear Bomb Development Amid Global Turmoil

Amid growing turmoil worldwide, the Department of Defense (DOD) has announced it would develop a nuclear gravity bomb 24 times more powerful than the “Little Boy” bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.

Such an announcement comes as America’s ally, Israel, defends itself against terrorists in the Middle East, and China, the U.S.’s greatest adversary, seeks to invade Taiwan.

“Today’s announcement is reflective of a changing security environment and growing threats from potential adversaries. The United States has a responsibility to continue to assess and field the capabilities we need to credibly deter and, if necessary, respond to strategic attacks, and assure our allies,” Assistant Defense Secretary for Space Policy John Plumb recently said.

The bomb in question will be known as a B61-13 and would replace some of the B61-7 bombs currently in America’s nuclear arsenal, as reported by Just The News.

“The B61-13 represents a reasonable step to manage the challenges of a highly dynamic security environment. While it provides us with additional flexibility, production of the B61-13 will not increase the overall number of weapons in our nuclear stockpile,” Plumb explained.

Interestingly, the B61-13 will have a maximum yield of 360 kilotons, according to the Federation of American Scientists, marking an increase of 24 times compared to the 15-kiloton bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima near the end of World War II. “Little Boy” is reported as having killed at least 70,000 people.

The DOD reported that the B61-13 “will also include the modern safety, security, and accuracy features of the B61-12.”

For Clarification, Just The News tested just how powerful the proposed B61-13 is.

The simulator, Nukemap, showed that if “Little Boy” were dropped in New York over 260,000 people would die, while if the proposed bomb were dropped in the same location, more than 1 million people would cease to exit.

The Pentagon emphasized that its announcement “is not in response to any specific current event” but “it reflects an ongoing assessment of a changing security environment.”

In October 2023, the Pentagon conducted a nuclear missile test in Nevada following expectations that Russia would opt out of the 1966 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which was established to ban the use of nuclear bombs anywhere in the globe.