Oct 20, 2008

W76-1 first production unit delivered

Security milestone for the nation

The Stockpile Stewardship program achieved another major technical milestone late month with the production of the first life extended W76-1 Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile warhead.

This culminates more than a decade of work by scientists and engineers at the Laboratory and across the nuclear weapons complex. The achievement relied on many of the newest tools of the stockpile stewardship, including the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility (DARHT) at Los Alamos, Site 300 at Lawrence Livermore, supercomputers at both physics laboratories, the environmental testing capability at Sandia National Laboratories, and a series of successful flight tests with the U.S. Navy.

“The [Laboratory’s] Life Extension Program team overcame numerous significant technical and programmatic challenges and established a new benchmark for weapons systems engineering excellence,” said Bret Knapp, associate director for Weapons Engineering (ADWE). “The team’s hard work in successfully fielding the W76-1 is a direct reflection of their extraordinary skill and dedication to the mission and the Laboratory’s continuing commitment to providing the best science and engineering in support of U.S national security.”

Designed at Los Alamos and placed into the stockpile in 1978, the W76 was deployed with an expected service life of some 15-20 years. The W76 warhead constitutes a significant fraction of the nation’s on-alert and most survivable element of the nuclear deterrent. As a result of the Life Extension Program, this warhead will continue to help ensure the security of the United States and its friends and allies across the globe for decades to come.


Anonymous said...

Nice work, but I would like it better if it had IHE and a few other related features.

Anonymous said...

"The achievement relied on many of the newest tools of the stockpile stewardship, including the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility (DARHT) at Los Alamos."

Now we will need to give out
more awards, bonuses, and promotions to the DARHT staff. And, don't forget Mikey!

Anonymous said...

Troll here,

Nooooooooooo! LANL is soooo bad because they fired an idiot like me!

Troll out.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing that Bret Knapp could spin this so LANL and LLNL come out sounding like equal contributors to this LEP.

Anonymous said...

Knapp is an arrogant, self-indulgent, Livermoron who had nothing whatsoever to do with the W76-1. In that sense, he is the perfect LANS manager and belongs on the front page of every press release.

Anonymous said...

Delivery of the first W76-1 should result in some very nice 20% bonuses for LANS/Bechtel execs.

Keep working hard, people. Somebody is getting rewarded for all your efforts.

Anonymous said...

LANS recently put up a big "Mission Accomplished" banner at the front gates of LANL. Don't they realize that this catch phrase is strongly associated with the failed Bush Administration? Perhaps they do and are speaking to us in code words!