U.S. to build first nuclear warhead in 40 years, the W93, without testing.

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Key points:

  • The U.S. plans to build its first nuclear warhead in 40 years, the W93, without conducting nuclear testing.
  • The W93 warhead, costing $19.8 billion, will be used on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and is scheduled for production in the mid-2030s.
  • It aims to reduce reliance on existing warheads like the W76 and W88 and address future adversary threats.
  • The Pentagon is modernizing five warhead types under a funding request of $2.84 billion.
  • The W93 will enhance the operational effectiveness of the U.S. ballistic missile submarine force.
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Potential implication:

  • The decision to build the W93 warhead signifies a shift in U.S. nuclear policy and strategic deterrence capabilities.



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