The business daily insisted that the B61-12 modification should in fact be treated as a brand new weapon rather than a modernized version.
"For instance, the B61-12 will receive a new tail section with moving fins and an improved guidance system. This will highly enhance its accuracy. Previous B61 modifications were solely meant to destroy enemy fighters and equipment. Those bombs exploded above the ground and their explosive yield did not exceed 9 megatons," Vzglyad detailed.
The B61-12 that is expected to have a yield of up to 10 megatons will be capable of exploding underground. In other words, it will be "the first guided tactical nuclear aerial bomb" that has been designed to destroy well-fortified subterranean command and controlled centers.
"There is no weapon of this kind in the US Armed Forces' arsenal at the moment," the newspaper noted.
On Monday, the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that the B61-12 warhead life extension program (LEP) had entered the production engineering phase, which is the final stage before production scheduled to begin in 2020.
Vzglyad also said that the B61-12 initiative runs counter to Barack Obama's pledge to work towards a nuclear-free world, something the US President has repeatedly promised. However, official figures point to a major gap between Obama's vision and actual steps taken in the last eight years.
According to data released by the Pentagon in May, the reduction rate of America's nuclear arsenal plummeted during the Obama administration. In fact, US authorities under the current leadership dismantled less nuclear warheads than any previous administration.