The US Air Force plans to spend billions of dollars to replace its aging arsenal of intercontinental nuclear missiles in order to keep up with Russia and China, a military official says.
The force has nearly 400 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) mostly of the Minuteman family which were first designed in 1960s, American website Military.com reported Sunday.
The decades-old missiles have reportedly been kept in silos built in the 1950s and are difficult to maintain due to a lack of replacement parts.
“The Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans are upgrading all of their systems,” an Air Force official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
“They are upgrading all of their legs of the triad — in that environment, I am not sure it makes sense” to do nothing, the official added.
The air force has set aside an $86 billion budget to design a new missile known as the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) which is said to have a 50-year…