The Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge has been approved to build parts for a system being replaced in the W88 nuclear warhead, which is deployed on submarine-launched missiles, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The W88 has been a key part of the nation’s nuclear deterrent since it became part of the weapons stockpile in 1988, the NNSA said on its website Tuesday. But it needs maintenance.
The W88 Alteration (Alt) 370 program will replace the warhead’s Arming, Fuzing, and Firing, or AF&F, subsystem and address other aging issues to maintain its current state of readiness, the NNSA said.
The final design review of the AF&F subsystem was recently completed at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. An independent panel reviewed the AF&F requirements as well as several other aspects of the electrical and mechanical design and manufacturing, according to the NNSA. [Read more…]