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The Pentagon's New 30,000-lb MOP Bomb Is Ready To Go
TBI ^ | 1-15-2013 | Robert Johnson and David Cenciotti

Posted on 01/15/2013 11:03:26 AM PST by blam

The Pentagon's New 30,000-lb MOP Bomb Is Ready To Go

Robert Johnson and David Cenciotti, The Aviationist
January 15, 2013, 7:20 AM

The B-2 is the only aircraft capable of delivering the 30,000 lb MOP

Boeing has successfully improved its 30,000-lb Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb UK’s Royal Air Force to support French forces deployed to Mali with airlifters. And drones. French Rafale “omnirole” fighter jets join air strikes in Mali. With brand new weapons. U.S. spyplanes, drones already flying over Mali France escalates war in Africa: Mirage 2000D bombers hit targets in North Mali Senior Pentagon officials told Congress the nation's largest conventional bomb, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), is ready for action.

The Air Force said as much back in June after rushing the MOP back to Boeing for $82 million in modifications and enhancements, but this report puts it on the books as deployable ordnance.

According to Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio, on his annual report, the Pentagon’s director of operational testing Michael Gilmore confirmed that tests conducted with the heavy GBU-57, a 20-foot long, 30,000 pound GPS-guided bomb thought able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, have demonstrated that the redesigned bomb is able to hit and destroy deeply buried targets.

The enhanced MOP features tail-fin modifications to fix bugs identified in testings as well as as a second fuse to destroy hardened underground targets.

Boeing - Chicago based Boeing manufactures the MOP shown here for scale

Gilmore’s report says that the modifications were tested with five bomb drops from a B-2 stealth bomber on the White Sands Missile Range, conducted between June and October, and two ground tests.

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Boeing - On a cached Boeing page was the only new MOP image to be found

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bombs; military; mop; pentagon

1 posted on 01/15/2013 11:03:36 AM PST by blam
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To: blam

That is one heck of an exploding suppository...


2 posted on 01/15/2013 11:07:27 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: blam

weird to see one of the world’s deadliest weapons is created by heavy older women wearing sweaters.


3 posted on 01/15/2013 11:09:16 AM PST by MNDude
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To: blam

Holy Guacamole! The BLU-82 “Daisey Cutter” was 12,500 pounds of explosive!!


4 posted on 01/15/2013 11:13:02 AM PST by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: blam

“The B-2 is the only aircraft capable of delivering the 30,000 lb MOP “

Not really.

The B-52 is also capable. The B-52 was the original test platform and the fleet is capable of delivering the ordinance.

The MOP is a guided free-fall penetrating weapon. . .quite different than the “daisy-cutter” (un-guided free-fall, non-penetrating weapon).

Don’t need to penetrate 500’ deep (or better), just one that can penetrate accurately to close tunnels leading to underground facilities.


5 posted on 01/15/2013 11:15:13 AM PST by Hulka
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To: blam

No danger of collateral damage here.


6 posted on 01/15/2013 11:15:29 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: MNDude; blam
Why are the others still wearing BDU's?

How old is that photograph?

After the cut off I date I got yelled at for even thinking about coming to work in BDU's.

7 posted on 01/15/2013 11:16:31 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: blam
thought able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete

Huh??? Something tells me this isn't right. 200 feet of earth with some concrete hidden under it maybe.

8 posted on 01/15/2013 11:18:02 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: MNDude

Yeah. . .that’s Boeing.

Got to appease the PC nazis, you see.

So Boeing finds a couple of contracting females, a finance female, and a couple of office assistants and stack them in the crowd. . .”aren’t we wonderful!”


9 posted on 01/15/2013 11:18:03 AM PST by Hulka
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To: gov_bean_ counter
penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding

Lube it up with KY Jelly and it will go another 100 feet.

10 posted on 01/15/2013 11:19:45 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: blam
Soon as I saw that thing I thought if that bugger could penetrate to Hell, could you imagine the slimy liberals that will try to climb out.... Ban it!!!!
11 posted on 01/15/2013 11:21:36 AM PST by primatreat ("gimme me "obama EBT free money card. Hope the postman don't snitch it!)
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To: KC_Lion

Photo is about 4-5yrs old. Those in uniform were mostly Weaponeers and the officer was an Acq guy.

Posed in a hanger (i.e., “the field” for the Air Force). Therefore, BDUs and utilities were allowed.


12 posted on 01/15/2013 11:21:46 AM PST by Hulka
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

You’re right.

Weapon for special missions only. . .


13 posted on 01/15/2013 11:23:09 AM PST by Hulka
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

HA!!!


14 posted on 01/15/2013 11:24:21 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Hope and Change has become Attack and Obfuscate.)
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To: Hulka

Drop it on the White House. Ooops.


15 posted on 01/15/2013 11:27:55 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Hulka

And probably 3-5 in that picture actually designed and engineered and built the bomb and the rest were “managers”, none of which had ever “managed” a weapons, explosives, aviation, or military program before in their life. The project is most likely millions past budget and years late.


16 posted on 01/15/2013 11:32:49 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: blam

Sounds like an awesome weapon.

I’m a little curious how it works.

The fins in the middle dont appear to have control surfaces.

Presumably those square flaps on the back can be manipulated to target it?

Don’t those flaps add a lot of drag? I’d think you’d want to maximize velocity to get maximum penetration and those flaps would be counter productive to that.

Of course, I suspect penetration without control is less effective at accomplishing the task at hand.

Just like welding...


17 posted on 01/15/2013 11:37:26 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: blam
So we have a weapon that can take out Iran's nuclear facilities. When will we ("we" as in the royal "we", the Imperial president) have the will?

(s) nully, who is not holding his breath.

18 posted on 01/15/2013 11:37:59 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable Tyranny)
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To: KC_Lion

Question: In ancient times (my world), BDUs (fatigues, again, my world) were all you wore to work. What do they wear now?


19 posted on 01/15/2013 11:45:20 AM PST by beelzepug ("Why bother creating wealth when you can just redistribute it?")
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To: blam

One Mali MOPper-upper Super-sized coming up.. uhh,, down.. spoundslike Mali is a target-rich environment these days for some reason. ;-) .. will O pull the trigger . for the children 8-?


20 posted on 01/15/2013 11:49:52 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: MNDude

The photo is pre-16oz soft drink ban. Should be obvious.


21 posted on 01/15/2013 11:57:27 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: MNDude

Ironic they are all white as well.

Anyone know how I can get a ride on a B-2 - looks awesome.


22 posted on 01/15/2013 12:04:37 PM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: beelzepug
What the other Gentlemen in the Picture is wearing.

Uncomfortable Tiger Stripe Digital Airman Combat Uniforms.

The Mandatory switch was made on 1 November 2011.

23 posted on 01/15/2013 1:30:13 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: chrisser

...”penetration without control is less effective at accomplishing the task at hand”.....

I agree......


24 posted on 01/15/2013 1:46:30 PM PST by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: DJ Taylor

I think 25000 of the 30000 pounds is the steel casing; only about 5000 pounds is explosive.


25 posted on 01/16/2013 5:36:09 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: 6ppc
Something tells me this isn't right. 200 feet of earth with some concrete hidden under it maybe.

Another suggestion is to drop two, a couple of seconds apart, programmed for the same target, so that the second one hits before the rubble from the first has collapsed back into the crater, for additional penetration.

26 posted on 01/16/2013 5:41:20 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: blam

I wonder if this might be involved in the Iranian Nuclear facility explosion that is being rumored?

I doubt it. I can’t seeing bozo giving permission to do anything to his muslim brotherhood friends in Iran.


27 posted on 01/26/2013 6:39:58 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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To: DuncanWaring

Why stop there? How about 4 or 5 of them? :-)


28 posted on 01/26/2013 6:45:11 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (bahits.com)
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