America’s ‘nuke sniffer’ aircraft used to detect radioactive fallout are deployed to Japan in the wake of North Korean missile tests

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

WC-135 Constant Phoenix landed at Kadena Air Base near Okinawa on Tuesday
Plane spotter saw aircraft leave day later with a tanker aircraft before returning
Sighting comes after North Korea tested sixth nuclear weapon on September 3

By RORY TINGLE
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 September 2017

American ‘nuke sniffer’ planes used to detect radioactive fallout have been sent to Japan in the wake of Kim Jong-un’s missile tests.

A WC-135 Constant Phoenix, which can test for radioactive debris after a nuclear explosion, landed at the USA’s Kadena Air Base near Okinawa on Tuesday.

Local plane spotter Satoru Kuba saw the aircraft leave a day later alongside a tanker aircraft before parking up on its return.

The sighting of the plane, which can also track ballistic missiles, was reported by Stars and Stripes.
It comes after North Korea tested its sixth nuclear weapon on September 3.

This was the most powerful nuclear test yet and described as a ‘complete success’ by Pyongyang.

North Korea has a long-stated aim of developing a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the USA.

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