The United States has approximately 3,800 nuclear warheads, of which 1,750 are deployed and mounted on ballistic missiles and strategic bombers. At the same time, 2050 warheads are in reserve in case of need. This was reported in the Journal Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
According to the researchers, 1,300 warheads are placed on Intercontinental ballistic missiles; 300 nuclear bombs are intended for delivery by strategic bombers from us military bases; another 150 are stored at bases in Europe. The remaining warheads are in reserve as protection against possible “technical and geopolitical surprises.” Several hundred of them are expected to be disposed of by 2030.
In addition, the US Department of energy has 2,385 decommissioned nuclear weapons, which increases the total number of warheads to 6,185. The largest number of warheads has a complex of underground storage facilities in Kirtland (New Mexico). There are 2,475 weapons in storage, and 1,785 are awaiting disposal at the “Pantex” plant in Texas.
In second place is the state of Washington (1620 warheads), where are the Pacific strategic weapons complex (SWFPAC) and the naval base Kitsap.
The researchers believe that there are 24 places of storage of nuclear weapons in 11 States of the United States and five European countries, including Incirlik airbase in Turkey (50 warheads). In Germany, Belgium and Holland placed 20 units, and in Italy — 40.