According to the report about the United States nuclear arsenal published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The Department of Defense maintains an estimated stockpile of nearly 3,800 warheads.
Approximately 2,050 warheads are held in reserve and approximately 2,385 retired warheads are awaiting dismantlement, giving a total inventory of approximately 6,185 nuclear warheads.
Of the approximately 1,750 warheads that are deployed, roughly 1,300 are on ballistic missiles, 300 at strategic bomber bases in the United States, with another 150 tactical bombs deployed at European bases.
Their latest report shows that US nuclear arsenal, which remained roughly unchanged in the last year, with the Department of Defense maintaining an estimated stockpile of nearly 3,800 warheads.
According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Russia and the US continue to maintain the world’s largest nuclear stockpiles, with 6,850 and 6,450 nuclear warheads apiece, respectively. France, China, the UK, Pakistan, India, Israel and North Korea have smaller arsenals, with 300, 280, 215, 140-150, 130-140, 80 and 10-20 nukes, respectively.
'World nuclear forces: reductions remain slow as modernization continues'. Global stockpiles:
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The United States maintains a stockpile of nearly 150 nuclear bombs at European bases
Pentagon doesn’t increase a stockpile of nuclear tactical bombs at its operating bases in Europe.
About 150 nuclear bombs are deployed at six bases in five European countries:
- Aviano and Ghedi in Italy
- Büchel in Germany
- Incirlik in Turkey
- Kleine Brogel in Belgium
- Volkel in the Netherlands
Of the five nuclear weapons storage locations in Europe, Incirlik Air Base in Turkey stores the most – about 50 or one-third of the weapons in Europe, although there are unconfirmed rumours that the weapons may have been withdrawn.
The tactical nuclear bombs can be carried by F-15E Strike Eagle and F-16 Falcon fighter jets.