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61. U.S. statement re U.S. B-1 heavy bombers (March 24, 2004)


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Statement by the United States

 

 

To resolve the issue of the replacement of long-range nuclear ACLM pylon attachment joint covers on B-1 heavy bombers, the Parties to the Treaty agree on the following:

 

 

Not later than 30 days after this statement is delivered, the United States will forward to the other Parties a schedule for inspecting all B-1 heavy bombers present at each air base for B-1 heavy bombers. Such inspections would begin within 60 days of the date such schedule is received and would finish not later than 90 days after the date on which the inspections begin. Such inspections will not count against the quotas provided for by the Treaty.

Before the beginning of each such inspection at each of the air bases, the United States will conduct a briefing for inspectors, during which it will explain the sequence of the actions it performed to replace the covers of the pylon attachment joints for long-range nuclear ALCMs on the B-1 heavy bombers. The United States will identify to the inspectors the B-1 heavy bombers attributed to each air base but absent from it at the time of such inspection, as well as provide an explanation for their absence. Thereafter, the inspectors will be given the opportunity to inspect each B-1 heavy bomber present at the air base. The inspections of absent heavy bombers may be conducted during the course of future data update inspections.

The United States notes that the Brooks/Nazarkin letters concerning B-1 heavy bombers reflect an agreement between the Parties on the distinguishability of B-1 heavy bombers. The Parties agreed that, with the distinguishing features listed in the letters and Annex G to the Memorandum of Understanding, B-1 heavy bombers would be considered heavy bombers equipped for nuclear armaments other than long-range nuclear ALCMs.

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