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In Greenville, Texas, a KC-135R upgraded to the WC-135-R Constant Phoenix configuration and designed to search air of nuclear weapons and their traces has been flight tested. It is reported by The War Zone.
According to the publication, a total of three such aircraft will be converted, they will perform operations consisting of collecting air samples to check for the presence of traces of nuclear explosions".
In addition to monitoring the atmosphere around the world, Constant Phoenix aircraft “can be deployed to observe nuclear weapons testing” as well as to search for and track down nuclear leaks and other nuclear incidents. At the same time, he can make a map of the contaminated areas, the publication notes.
It is noteworthy that the glider for the newest aircraft was built in 1964. However, it has since been remotorized to CFM-56 engines, which are used in Boeing-737 and Airbus A-320 and A-340 aircraft.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga