Military Statements on F-35 Nuclear Role
By Oriana Pawlyk
Jan 10, 2017
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is slated to be armed with the B61 nuclear bomb as early as 2020, but could carry the weapon sooner, a general said.
The stealthy fifth-generation fighter made by Lockhead Martin Corp. is set to be bitted with the B61-12 Mod gravity bomb — the latest variant — sometime between 2020 and 2022, Air Force Brig. Gen Scott Plues told Military.com during a recent interview at the Pentagon.