Skip to comments.Meet MOP, Boeing's new bunker-busting super-bomb
Posted on 04/05/2007 11:17:57 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
As U.S. concern about the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran have grown, weapons designers have been working on bombs capable of destroying those countries' underground nuclear sites.
Some nuclear facilities in both countries are believed to be buried deep, so U.S. designers including some from Boeing are developing a new class of bombs for plowing through hundreds of feet of earth and concrete before detonating.
The latest of these weapons is the MOP short for Massive Ordnance Penetrator built by Boeing's Advanced Systems unit in St. Louis. The 20-foot-long bomb that weighs 30,000 pounds much heavier than the 21,000-pound MOAB, or Massive Ordnance Air Burst bomb, unveiled in the prelude to the Iraq war. The MOAB was designed by the Air Force Research Lab and is built at the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in Oklahoma.
The MOP is an unusual bomb in that more than 80 percent of its 15 tons is in its casing, while it carries only 5,300 pounds of explosive payload
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It’s MOAB on Viagra. And it’s got a stiffy for you Iran.
I have one of these
Wasn’t the MOAB dropped out of the back of a cargo plane? And wasn’t it equipped with a chute?
My word, how does the USAF deliver something as large as the MOP?
Kah-Booooooommmmm!!! Sounds like one super-duper uppercut.
A stiffy or a bomb?
Yeah, but will it stop road side bombs?
I read it is intended that this new bomb will be deployed on either a B-2.1 or B-52 bomber.
"Boeing's Massive Ordnance Penetrator is prepared March 14 for a test at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in this photo by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The 30,000-pound bomb, which would be the heaviest in the U.S. arsenal, is designed to penetrate deeply buried targets."
Disguise it as an asteroid and drop it from such a high altitude that the islamofacists in Iran would never believe it was something done by the “Great Satan”. It would have to be judgment from Allah for their indidelity.
Nope, you’re looking for the new Swiss Army Bomb, it can estabilish civil order and stand up a replacement military.
Milk shakes or Kleenex or Gucci leather or red herrings won’t stop IEDs either. Should we be against them? Do you have a point? Or is the point and purpose of this weapon lost on you?
You're thinking of the "Daisy Cutter", originally designed for clearing out jungle for helicopter LZs:
Enough news releases, use the thing!
MOAB is also dropped from a cargo plane.
Why not test it on the Afgan/Pakistan border?
As a matter of fact, I do believe that dropping these in the proper places in Iran WOULD stop road side bombs in Iraq.
the MOAB was dropped out of a bigger plane, like a C-5A or a C-141 I think.
I love the glow of ordnance in the morning .... :)
This is a racist name!
The Moops are the Moors who invaded Spain in the 8th century.
This thing is the Moop-Buster.
The size of Boeing’s MOP presents a delivery challenge. There are only two planes in service that could deliver the bomb against significant air defense, the Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber, which would have to be modified, and Boeing’s aging B-52.
Other concepts under study include:
Lockheed Martin’s Kinetic Energy Cavity Penetrator Weapon, which would rely on a phenomenon called “terradynamic cavitation” to drastically reduce drag as the bomb rips through earth and concrete to its target.
The Deep Digger, would sport a 7-barrel rapid-fire cannon in its nosecone that in theory would pulverize earth and concrete in its path as it burrows into the earth. Its developers speculate that a synchronized array of 20 Deep Diggers could produce an artificial earthquake that could collapse tunnels and other underground facilities. The Digger is a joint project from several weapons developers, including designer ARTEC.
Load it in a B-2, go in at night, naturally, they can’t see it coming, they can’t see it leave, then deny all knowledge. Must have been a large meteorite.
R-A-G-G H-E-A-D Ragg Mopp
amazing... the video animation is a must to watch.
MOP up the right set of ragheads with it, and the roadside bombs will go away.
I think the right set of ragheads is not located in Iraq ...
Looking at the picture on post #8, you would think that it would have a more pointed front for penetration
MOP = Massive Ordinance for Persia.
If people work underground in these “bunkers”....and people generally require some kind of air to breath....wouldn't it just be easier to lob a few conventional 500 pounders down the air shaft / ventilation system?
Or after we secure the area.... get a whopping tank of HALON and pipe it in, displacing all the breathable air?
.....just a thought.
This is the upgrade to the Boeing J DAM it is called the O DAM .
The shafts have multiple bends and offsets as well as blast shutters to keep the shock wave from propagating all the way to the habitable areas.
I like the Halon idea.
More fun with unodorized propane, though...
LOL!!! Best post of the day!
Hmmmmm, Ground Opening Deep Direct Attack Munition, Non-nuclear?
Walk into a market in Gaza during evening shopping and drop a vial of ebola.
When the first person starts to cough, yell EPIDEMIC! and seal the borders.
Give Iran a wink and a nod.
Nukes will be gone within a month.
The Mills Brothers covered by the USAF, Ragg Head Mop.
Number one with a bullet.
Do you still have to count to Five?
I want one, will they go direct to the consumer?
Halon is no longer available and has been replace with FM200. CO2 or CO are cheaper and more readily available.
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