Skip to comments.Bunker-busting behemoth: Pentagon upgrades bomb with Iranian nukes in mind
Posted on 05/03/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
The Pentagon's biggest bunker-busting bomb has been upgraded with one task in mind: taking out suspected Iranian nuclear facilities built deep under the mountains of the Islamic Republic's northern region.
At 30,000 pounds, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator packs brute force and advanced features meant to enable it to destroy Iran's most fortified nuclear site. The bomb is nearly a third bigger than the MOAB, or so-called "Mother of all Bombs," the 22,000-pound previous generation of bunker busters first built in 2003 but never used outside of tests. Officials are confident the newest bunker-buster can dismantle even the deepest and most fortified nuclear facility.
"Hopefully we never have to use it," a senior U.S. official familiar with the development of the new version told The Wall Street Journal. "But if we had to, it would work."
The Pentagon redesigned the bomb with more advanced features intended to enable it to penetrate even deeper, giving it the ability to destroy Iran's most heavily fortified and defended nuclear site. U.S. officials see development of the weapon as critical to convincing Israel that the U.S. has the ability to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb if diplomacy fails, and also that Israel's military can't do that on its own.
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balls said the Queen, had I two I’d be king.
I don't. Israelis undoubtedly working on bombs of similar capability.
Bunker-busting behemoth: Pentagon upgrades bomb with Iranian nukes in mind
And Obama will use them too. Yes he will. Right after Iran nukes Israel and “wipes it off the map”.
“But if we had to, it would work.”
At 30,000 pounds, it wouldn’t have to work. They just have to drop it.
Obama will use this weapon ONLY if he is in political hot water over Benghazi or some other scandal and his numbers are severely tanking. Its a ‘wag the dog’ option for him should he need a distraction. We’ve seen this movie before.
Selling these to Israel is the kind of foreign aid I can support.
As soon as the Muslims feel good about themselves, we could rebuild the space program and institute the Rods from God. Which should have been done decades ago.
There is your anti-nuke solution. LET THEM bury it as deep as they can. RFG would bury it deeper still.
Rods from God followed by a few of these bombs and maybe some nuke perpetrators and we could almost bomb them form this side of the earth.
That is a heck of a rock to kick out of a plane...
All that is needed is a few 2-5 kiloton nukes to seal off the entries to the sites. Israel has plenty of them, so we don’t need to get involved (not that this administration would, anyway).
Would have to be a modified cargo plane.
I’d think gutting a 747 wouldn’t take long. And they can do good air cover with their US fighters. Not optimal but doable.
No, C130 style...out the back. Do the 747 cargo planes have a drop down ‘tailgate’ like a C130? Not sure. But I imagine if they HAD to go such a route a standard 47 could be modified.
This is likely just a ploy to keep you from doing what YHVH and you need to do. You have no better friend than Him, no more security than what He provides.
727’s have rear cargo door and stairs. How high does one drop this thing from? Below 20,000 feet, I’d want a C-130 doing the business.