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The Air Force's 30,000 Pound Bunker-Busting Bomb Is Ready For Action
Business Insider ^ | 26 July 2012 | Robert Johnson

Posted on 07/26/2012 4:45:36 PM PDT by moonshot925

Its been nearly eight months since the Pentagon sent its largest and most powerful bomb, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), back to Boeing for modifications necessary to take out Iranian nuclear facilities, but the Air Force says it's now ready to go.

Jeff Schogol at Defense News reports that Air Force Secretary Michael Donley says that while the MOP bomb continues to be refined and optimized, the Pentagon feels the 30,000 pound piece of ordnance is now sufficient to strike whatever targets the military may have in mind.

While the bomb went back to the drawing board with Pentagon planners considering Iran a potential target, recent developments in Syria offer up alternate possibilities for the MOP's initial mission.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airforce; bomb; bunkerbuster; iran; israel; mop

1 posted on 07/26/2012 4:45:44 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoFb_TxZ8II


2 posted on 07/26/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

3 posted on 07/26/2012 4:53:17 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Doogle

Loose Lips


4 posted on 07/26/2012 4:59:27 PM PDT by Sir Beowolf (If Obama is elected, I will feel bad that he Inherited The 2009's Presidents mess)
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To: moonshot925

Ya load 15 tons and whaddaya get...


5 posted on 07/26/2012 5:00:45 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: moonshot925

looks good. let’s test it out immediately on iran. see if it works.

blessings, bobo


6 posted on 07/26/2012 5:06:33 PM PDT by bobo1
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To: moonshot925

Is there a name for this beauty?

Little John? Something?


7 posted on 07/26/2012 5:10:05 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: moonshot925
1. You drop it.

2. It explodes.

And it takes 8 months to make that work?

8 posted on 07/26/2012 5:11:40 PM PDT by 60Gunner (Eternal vigilance or eternal rest. Make your choice.)
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To: Sir Napsalot
Is there a name for this beauty?

Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP).

It is nicknamed "Big BLU".

9 posted on 07/26/2012 5:17:19 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: 60Gunner
And it takes 8 months to make that work

The Iranians are using a sophisticated form of concrete called UHPC(Ultra High-Performance Concrete), Also called "Smart Concrete."

When the Air Force first received the MOP in 2011, it was unknown if these bombs would be able to penetrate several feet of UHPC.

So the bombs had to back sent back and upgraded.

10 posted on 07/26/2012 5:25:28 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: 60Gunner
It explodes.

At 30,000 lbs it could be filled with inert, non-explosive concrete and still make a hell of mess.

11 posted on 07/26/2012 5:32:59 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Sir Napsalot
Is there a name for this beauty?

Little John? Something?

Leiutenant General Issue A. Diaper

12 posted on 07/26/2012 5:42:55 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Rudder

“At 30,000 lbs it could be filled with inert, non-explosive concrete and still make a hell of mess.’

lol true. Live, it should take out half a county.


13 posted on 07/26/2012 5:45:11 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Doogle

Very good news indeed!

Now that we’ve got some fancy technology, I expect we’ll break our streak and actually win a war for a change.


14 posted on 07/26/2012 5:48:36 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: dagogo redux

.....always had the technology, we never had the balls (in DC) to use it. We had laser guided munitions 45 years ago, but we got real specific where, when, and how.


15 posted on 07/26/2012 5:59:29 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Sir Napsalot

MOP


16 posted on 07/26/2012 6:00:26 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: moonshot925

This SOB will suck the guts out of everything for at least 10 miles away. EVEN if it goes off underground.


17 posted on 07/26/2012 6:32:16 PM PDT by crz
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To: Rennes Templar

The USAF deploys heavy, long rods of solid tungsten from high altitudes with superb accuracy—no explosion-—but don’t let one hit you on the head


18 posted on 07/26/2012 6:55:10 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: moonshot925

Forget that silly wimp stuff. This is THE TOOL:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1565615/posts


19 posted on 07/26/2012 8:11:26 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama Kills))
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To: moonshot925

No matter how deep they may be they have to have entrances/exits - MOP those up. Everything else is buried for years. Then bomb it again.

Yoo Hoo - CIA, FBI, NSA, Israel, Echelon, Iran, Terrorist, Nuclear, Bomb, secret, classified, eyes only, confidential, sex, hooters, gay, soviet, china, syria, radiation, Mossad, etc. hint hint. Goodbye cruel world. I wonder if this thing is loaded? Oh wait, lesbian, dead, murdered, blackmailed, buried, Obama, useless, stinking, POS ... ;-)


20 posted on 07/26/2012 8:16:00 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: moonshot925

Ya take fifteen tons, and waddya get?
Not another day older or deeper in debt.

Mohammed is a calling and I must go,
Those bunkerbuster bombs’ll cause a lot of woe.

.


21 posted on 07/26/2012 9:26:52 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: moonshot925

Need to test several GBU-43/B, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC to give them real urban renewal. Here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-43/B_Massive_Ordnance_Air_Blast_bomb


22 posted on 07/26/2012 11:48:39 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: MasterGunner01

The 11 ton explosive power of the MOAB is very small when you compare it with the tactical nukes in our arsenal.

The lowest yield on the B61 nuclear bomb is 300 tons.

That is 27 times more explosive power than the MOAB.


23 posted on 07/27/2012 12:26:34 AM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
Never underestimate the effect of 18,700 pounds of high explosive. I witnessed the effect of the MOAB predecessor, the BLU-82 “Daisy Cutter”. The effects on people are rather dramatic (even those under cover): (1) the overpressure from the blast will kill you; (2) the blast consumes all the available oxygen and suffocates you; (3) the shock wave will turn you into either Jell-O or a gibbering idiot if you're not killed.

When the BLU-82 went off, we were 5 miles away and we felt, heard, and saw the blast. There was a mushroom cloud that looked like a tactical nuke. We had people surrendering for three weeks after that bomb went off.

24 posted on 07/27/2012 1:01:15 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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