Skip to comments.Biggest Bunker Buster Ever Is In Production
Posted on 08/22/2011 7:13:17 AM PDT by Fennie
After nearly a decade of development, the U.S. Air Force has ordered eight MOP (massive ordnance penetrator) GBU-57A/B bunker buster bombs. These 14 ton weapons cost $3.5 million each. In the last few years, several B-2 bombers have been equipped to carry these weapons (two bombs per B-2). This was apparently meant to send a message to Iran and North Korea.
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..when you care enough to send the very best!
But with 0bama running things, Israel should watch their backs.
Here was an early Request for Information:
B-2/Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) GBU-57A/B
Solicitation Number: 678ARSS30APR09
Agency: Department of the Air Force
Apr 30, 2009
Looks like they worked out the details.
First chuckle of the day (-:
So is this the MOABB? Or maybe the MOAB²
Congress Cancels R&D for Nuclear Earth-Penetrator Bombs
Oct 28, 2005
I think it was used against German sub pens.
Anyway this isn't a new idea just a refinement of an old one
MOAB I believe is not a penetrator, just a huge new version of the “daisie cutter”. If I recall correctly it is a FAE (fuel air explosive) type bomb.
I thought that bunker busters were like gigantic howitzers dropped, that will penetrate as far as they can into whatever, then they blast a projectile even further...
They will only get the message if one is actually dropped on them.
GBU 28 is not the MOAB.
GBU-43/B “Mother Of All Bombs”
Earlier versions of BBs were indeed manufactured from howitzer gun tubes and modified to penetrate-as to any use of a cannon barrel to actually fire another projectile after it pentrated, I have not heard that, but it is a novel idea....
Just for clarification:
MOAB is a guided bomb which delivers the 18,700 lb BLU-120/B warhead bomb with KMU-593/B GPS/INS. The MOAB is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history [not the largest ever, but the largest satellite guided]. The 21,600-pound MOAB is an improved replacement for the unguided 15,000-pound BLU-82 Daisy Cutter. It is 30 feet long with a diameter of 40.5 inches. The warhead is a blast-type warhead. It was developed in only nine weeks to be available for the Iraq campaign, but it was not used in combat.
The 21,700-pound [9,500 kilogram] bomb contains 18,700 pounds of H6, an explosive that is a mixture of RDX (Cyclotrimethylene trinitramine), TNT, and aluminum. H6 is used by the military for general purpose bombs. H6 is an Australian produced explosive composition. Composition H6 is a widely used main charge filling for underwater blast weapons such as mines, depth charges, torpedoes and mine disposal charges. HBX compositions (HBX-1, HBX-3, and H6) are aluminized (powdered aluminum) explosives used primarily as a replacement for the obsolete explosive, torpex. They are employed as bursting charges in mines, depth bombs, depth charges, and torpedoes. HBX-3 and H-6 have lower sensitivity to impact and much higher explosion test temperatures than torpex. The MOAB weapon produces a very large explosive blast, with lesser fragmentation effects due to a thin-walled aluminum casing.
Contrary to some published claims, it most certainly is not an Ethylene-Oxide Fuel-Air Explosive (FAE).
The message is clear, but the messenger in chief is suspect.
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