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Nuclear-Capable Strategic Bombers in Northern Territory

Question on Notice No. 1326 - Exercise Pitch Black

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister for Defence on, 17 November 2014:

Were United States B-52 bombers involved in this year's Exercise Black Pitch in the Northern Territory; if so:

(a) how many;

(b) what was the purpose of their involvement;

(c) were the bombers nuclear-capable;

(d) were they nuclear-armed;

(e) were the bombers involved in simulated nuclear attacks;

(f) was their involvement consistent with Australia's obligations under the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty; and

(g) were such bombers involved in past Black Pitch exercises.

 

Response:

Senator Johnston: The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

Yes.

(a) The US Air Force flew eight B-52 sorties in support of Exercise Pitch Black 2014, two single-aircraft missions and three double-aircraft missions.

(b) The aircraft were conducting routine training missions.

(c) The B-52 is a nuclear capable platform.

(d) It is United States policy to neither confirm nor deny the presence or absence of nuclear weapons at any general or specific location – this is a policy the Australian Government both understands and respects. It is not generally United States’ practice to carry nuclear weapons on training flights.

(e) No.

(f) Yes.

(g) Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

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