US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — In the US, old flying tankers will be turned into airplanes to search for nuclear weapons and traces of their use. Pilots have nicknamed the combat vehicles “Sniffer.”
The United States Air Force will upgrade three KC-135s of the National Guard. Search aircraft are called WC-135.
They are equipped with air filters, seismic sensors and other equipment necessary for detecting traces of nuclear explosions. Base WC-135 is located in Nebraska. From there, airplanes fly around the world. For example, in 2006, the Sniffer discovered radioactive dust in the sky over the Korean Peninsula.
This helped to prove that the DPRK carried out the first nuclear explosion.
It is noted that now the Air Force has two “Sniffer”. Old WC-135 converted from weather service aircraft. The new Sniffers will receive modern fuel-efficient engines, navigation equipment and communication systems.
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