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The U.S. Air Force's X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) could, in theory, carry up to six nuclear warheads, Sputnik News reported Yan Novikov of the Russian defense tech firm Almaz-Antey said.

Speaking at the New Knowledge educational event on Saturday, May 22, Novikov stated that "The official story is that these platforms were developed for scientific purposes and, well, surveillance. But we understand that having these capacities and possibilities, the smaller spacecraft can carry up to three nuclear warheads, the large one up to six."

A total of eight X-37B aircraft will have been deployed by the U.S. by 2025, said Novikov, who also explained that the entire project would prove challenging.

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