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US Trident, B61 Nuclear Weapons Upgrade Costs Soar Up to $11Bln

© AP Photo / Phil SandlinDec. 4, 1989 file photo shows the launch of a Trident II, D-5 missile from the submerged USS Tennessee submarine in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. As of mid-2010, 12 operational U.S. nuclear-missile submarines carry a total of 288 Trident missiles. A movement is growing worldwide to abolish nuclear weapons, encouraged by President Barack Obama's endorsement of that goal. But "realists" argue that more stability and peace must first be achieved in the world.
Dec. 4, 1989 file photo shows the launch of a Trident II, D-5 missile from the submerged USS Tennessee submarine in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. As of mid-2010, 12 operational U.S. nuclear-missile submarines carry a total of 288 Trident missiles. A movement is growing worldwide to abolish nuclear weapons, encouraged by President Barack Obama's endorsement of that goal. But realists argue that more stability and peace must first be achieved in the world. - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The costs of modernizing the W88 Trident II ballistic missile warhead and the B61-12 gravity bomb in the US nuclear arsenal have soared to nearly $11 billion, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report on Friday.

"W88 Alteration 370. The baseline cost report of $2.6 billion for the life of the program is an 11 percent increase over an estimate reported in [fiscal year 2015]," the report said.

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On the B61-12 Life Extension Program, the baseline cost report of $8.3 billion for the life of the program is a1.2 percent increase over a preliminary estimate established in fiscal year 2013, the GAO noted.

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Then-US President Barack Obama approved a $1.5 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program over the next 30 years for the US armed forces. Current President Donald Trump has confirmed the program.

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