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The W86 was an American thermonuclear warhead with earth-penetrating characteristics (a nuclear bunker buster), intended for use on the Pershing II intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM).

The W86 design was canceled in September 1980 when the Pershing II missile mission shifted from destroying hardened targets to targeting soft targets at greater range. The W85 warhead, which had been developed in parallel with the W86, was used for all production Pershing II missiles.

Published design details on the W86 are vague; it has been stated that the W86 and W85 were yet more derivatives of the B61 bomb family (along with the W80, W81, and W84). All of those weapons have a maximum diameter of roughly 13 inches (33 cm). The later B61-11 bomb is another earth-penetrating bomb type.

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W86 Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources W86 news newspapers books scholar JSTOR September 2014 Learn how and when to remove this template message The W86 was an American thermonuclear warhead with earth penetrating characteristics a nuclear bunker buster intended for use on the Pershing II intermediate range ballistic missile IRBM The W86 design was canceled in September 1980 when the Pershing II missile mission shifted from destroying hardened targets to targeting soft targets at greater range The W85 warhead which had been developed in parallel with the W86 was used for all production Pershing II missiles Published design details on the W86 are vague it has been stated 1 that the W86 and W85 were yet more derivatives of the B61 bomb family along with the W80 W81 and W84 All of those weapons have a maximum diameter of roughly 13 inches 33 cm The later B61 11 bomb is another earth penetrating bomb type See also EditList of nuclear weapons B61 nuclear bomb Pershing IIReferences Edit New bomb no mission Greg Mello Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists May June 1997 pp 28 National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Effects of Nuclear Earth penetrator and Other Weapons Effects of Nuclear Earth Penetrator and Other Weapons permanent dead link 2005 website accessed April 15 2006 External links EditAllbombs html at the Nuclear Weapon Archive at nuclearweaponarchive org Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title W86 amp oldid 880046481, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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