Nuke-sniffer, ballistic recon aircraft deploy to Okinawa amid rising tensions with N. Korea

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Air Force aircraft that detect radioactive fallout and track ballistic missiles are operating on Okinawa in the wake of North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and ahead of an anticipated intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

A WC-135 Constant Phoenix — commonly referred to as a nuke-sniffer — arrived at Kadena Air Base Sept. 5, said Satoru Kuba, an Okinawan who monitors military aircraft. The Constant Phoenix, which specializes in identifying radioactive debris after the detonation of a nuclear device, departed the next day with a tanker aircraft, Kuba said, and has been parked at Kadena ever since returning.

Source: Nuke-sniffer, ballistic recon aircraft deploy to Okinawa amid rising tensions with N. Korea

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