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  • Rare image of a B-2 stealth bomber and its (MOP) bunker buster bomb (Pic at link)

    10/29/2013 3:19:06 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | October 28, 2013 | By David Cenciotti
    Even if B-52s have been used to test it, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is the only aircraft in the U.S. Air Force inventory currently capable to carry and release the heaviest U.S. bomb, the 30,000-lb GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). The heavy GBU-57 is a 20-foot long GPS-guided bomb believed to be able to penetrate 200 feet of concrete before exploding, thus being capable to hit and destroy deeply buried targets. Like bunkers in Iran, Syria or North Korea…. There are not many images showing the GBU-57 and even less show the MOP next to its intended platform. ....
  • Some Disturbing Facts About America's Dwindling Bomber Force

    09/21/2013 2:04:31 PM PDT · by ClaytonP · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8-16-2013
    One of the most distinctive features of U.S. military power is the Air Force’s fleet of heavy bombers. .... However, after 80 years of steadily developing better bombers — basically, since it entered World War One — the U.S. ceased spending money on new long-range strike aircraft following the collapse of the Soviet Union. There aren’t many bombers left. All of the bombers are old. No new bomber is waiting in the wings.
  • The Stealth Bomber Elite (Fewer than 100 pilots climb the ladder to the B-2 cockpit)

    08/22/2013 5:10:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 2013 | James R. Chiles
    The Stealth Bomber Elite Fewer than 100 pilots climb the ladder to the B-2 cockpit. Crew chiefs from Whiteman’s 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 131st Bomb Wing give a B-2 a complete inspection, required every 1,000 flight hours. USAF / Senior Airman Nick Wilson “Undetected inbound, unscathed outbound.” That’s how one pilot summarized his mission to bomb targets in Baghdad with the $2.2 billion Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit on the first night of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. His words capture the reasons the Air Force built such an expensive bomber to launch global-strike missions, which B-2 pilots fly...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: One Big Bomber Over Kansas

    04/09/2013 11:20:49 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 31 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | September 9, 2011 | U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Courtney Witt
    The Photographer Senior Airman Courtney Witt, United States Air Force   Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large, huge) 
  • Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

    04/07/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/7/13 | Moe Lane
    Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea: So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far? That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames...
  • US sends nuclear-capable B-2 bombers to SKorea

    03/28/2013 8:58:50 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 Mar 2013
    <p>SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The U.S military says two nuclear-capable B-2 bombers have completed a training mission in South Korea amid threats from North Korea that include nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul.</p> <p>The statement Thursday by U.S. Forces Korea is an unusual confirmation. It follows an earlier U.S. announcement that nuclear-capable B-52 bombers participated in ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.</p>
  • USAF Photo of the Evening: Deterrent Extraordinaire

    02/25/2013 3:49:20 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 45 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | June 16, 2005 | USAF Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler
    U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sitting on the flight line at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large) The Photographer  Staff Sgt. Eric T. Sheler, United States Air Force  
  • Israel May Delay Attack in Return for MOP Bunker Buster Bombs

    09/04/2012 4:43:16 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 50 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | 9/4/2012 | Gil Ronen
    The United States may supply Israel with advanced Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker-buster bombs that can penetrate through up to 60 feet (almost 20 meters) of reinforced concrete, reports Maariv Tuesday. This is part of a deal being worked out between the countries, which also includes the supply of refueling jets. This equipment will make the job of demolishing Iran's nuclear weapon production array more feasible for Israel, should it decide to do so. In exchange for the weapons, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will agree to hold off on an independent attack until after the U.S. elections.
  • B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Completes First Ever Polar Test Mission

    04/05/2012 1:42:31 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | Northrop Grumman
    Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production. The Extremely High Frequency (EHF) Increment 1 system verification review demonstrated the computer upgrade program successfully satisfied the government's requirements. The sortie also included air-refueling to and from the North Pole from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The verification reviews and flight test were the culmination of over two years...
  • $2 billion update for Whiteman’s B-2 bomber

    03/29/2012 10:26:20 PM PDT · by U-238 · 29 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 3/29/2012 | Rick Montgomery
    Say you own a 20-year-old car and intend to drive it beyond the year 2050. It will need some fixing. A challenge similar to that continually faces Whiteman Air Force Base, home to the B-2 stealth bomber. Many aircraft parts made in the 1980s, when the first of 21 B-2s rolled out of a Northrop Grumman Corp. hangar, are as obsolete today as the floppy disk. Yet the plan is to keep those bat-winged bombers flying, and eluding the latest in radar technology, until 2058. The Pentagon is moving forward with a $2 billion, 10-year effort to modernize the fleet’s...
  • BAE Systems to Supply B-2 Threat-Warning System Upgrade

    With a recent contract award from Northrop Grumman to provide electronic support measures (ESM) on the B-2 Spirit bomber, BAE Systems will be providing electronic warfare on all three U.S. Air Force low-observable platforms, including the F-22 and F-35 fighters, according to the company. The new ESM system will replace the original Lockheed Martin AN/APR-50 defensive management system on the 20 B-2s. The ESM system works in conjunction with the radar warning receiver to detect and alert aircrew to electronic threats. Although it says it was selected “in a competitive bid process over the incumbent and industry’s top electronic warfare...
  • UK military steps up plans for Iran attack amid fresh nuclear fears (Diego Garcia B-2 permission)

    11/02/2011 2:40:31 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 69 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 2, 2011 | Nick Hopkins
    Britain's armed forces are stepping up their contingency planning for potential military action against Iran amid mounting concern about Tehran's nuclear enrichment programme, the Guardian has learned. The Ministry of Defence believes the US may decide to fast-forward plans for targeted missile strikes at some key Iranian facilities. British officials say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, UK military help for any mission, despite some deep reservations within the coalition government. In anticipation of a potential attack, British military planners are examining where best to deploy Royal Navy ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles...
  • Photo of the Day: The Defenders of Liberty

    05/29/2011 8:51:10 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, USA ^ | May 7, 2011 | Christopher Ebdon
    1024 x 949 pixels . . . 3207 x 2972 pixels . . . via http://www.flickr.com/photos/av8pix/5741241509/  
  • USAF Photo of the Day: The B-2 Spirit Is a "Diplomatic Instrument" and a "Military Instrument"

    03/28/2011 4:58:19 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 4 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | March 24, 2005 | USAF SSgt. Bennie J. Davis III
    A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber sits on the ramp at Andersen AFB in Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060917.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III, United States Air Force   Food For Thought From the September 2007 article "The Plane That Would Bomb Iran" by Robert D. Kaplan  http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2007/09/the-plane-that-would-bomb-iran/6133/   "The B-2 makes a statement. And that statement is, 'We mean business!'" He [U.S. Air Force Colonel Robert "Wheels" Wheeler] banged his fist on the table. Wheeler is the classic intense Air Force intellectual. He has degrees in both engineering and strategic studies and...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Awesome!

    03/24/2011 11:49:14 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 36 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | May 2, 2005 | USAF TSgt. Cecilio Ricardo
    A USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber soars over the Pacific Ocean. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20061021.htm (medium, large) The Photographer Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force  
  • Touchdown: B-2 Stealth Jets Return After Epic 11,500 Mile Journey To Bomb Libyan Aircraft Shelters

    03/21/2011 12:19:12 PM PDT · by Fennie · 162 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 21, 2011 | By Richard Hartley-parkinson
    Six hero pilots return home safe and sound from a bombing mission to Libya which saw them in the cockpit for an incredible 25 hours. Three B-2 Spirit bombers, piloted by two men each, made it back after the 11,418-mile round trip from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri - where they are kept in special hangars - to Libya, where they hit targets on forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi and back again. At $2.1bn, they are the most expensive warplanes in the world and rarely leave their climate-controlled hangars. But when it does, the B-2 bomber makes a...
  • B-2 bombers in action over Libya - reports

    03/20/2011 2:30:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 45 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | 03/20/11
    Sunday, 20th March 2011 - 09:57CET B-2 bombers in action over Libya - reports American B-2 bombers have been deployed over Libya, according to international media reports. Three of the bat-shaped radar evading bombers are reported to have dropped up to 40 bombs on Libyan airfields. Similar operations were performed in the past against airfields in Iraq. The US and Britain have so far said that they fired 112 Tomahawk missiles at Libya from surface warships and submarines in the Mediterranean. The UK said missiles were also fired from Tornado GR-4 bombers which flew from the UK, their longest bombing...
  • Photo of the Day: Deterrence

    12/21/2010 5:50:15 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 10 replies
    Ken Koller ^ | October 19, 2009 | Ken Koller
    The Via http://www.flickr.com/photos/code20photog/4024791969/  The Photographer Ken Koller 
  • Northrop Begins Flight Testing New B-2 EHF Satcom Hardware

    10/16/2010 1:36:37 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/15/2010 | Defense Talk
    .: Northrop Grumman Corporation has begun flight testing the new computing hardware and communications infrastructure that will eventually allow the B-2 stealth bomber to send and receive battlefield information by satellite more than 100 times faster than today. Since Sept. 1, the company has conducted a series of test flights using a B-2 test aircraft stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The flight test program is part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Lots of Stealth

    10/06/2010 6:07:44 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 24 replies
    United States Department of Defense ^ | June 22, 1998 | SrA. Jessica Kochman, United States Air Force
    "The Spirit of Hawaii" -- a U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber -- taxies to get into formation at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, USA, during the "Beast Walk" Exercise on June 22, 1998. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm (medium, large)   The Photographer Senior Airman Jessica Kochman, United States Air Force  
  • B-2 stealth bombers get meticulous makeovers

    06/23/2010 11:13:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 6/10/2010 | W.J. Hennigan
    Hunched over, her eyes fixed downward, Tanya Hart inches across the vast wing of the B-2 stealth bomber one small step at a time, looking for any nicks or hairline scratches in the freshly repainted surface. Even a tiny blemish could make the B-2 as visible on radar screens as a giant flying tin can. Hart, 50, is the last line of defense for what may be the world's most expensive paint job. "This isn't a job where you can afford to mess up," said Hart, a "surface technician" for Northrop Grumman Corp., which built the bombers and is now...
  • Missouri Air National Guard looking for 'top notch' individuals for B-2 mission

    04/28/2010 5:17:53 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 6 replies · 391+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 4/9/2010 | Rachel Knight/Missouri National Guard Public Affairs
    WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (April 9, 2010) — The Missouri Air National Guard at Whiteman Air Force Base has approximately 20 new vacancies for traditional part-time Guard positions in the total-force-integrated 131st Bomb Wing, but the work will be anything but traditional and comes with high requirements since it involves duties with the B-2 stealth aircraft. “Working on the B-2 is not for everybody,” said Master Sgt. Krista Krause-Meier, Air Guard recruiter. “It’s for dedicated individuals who have integrity and a desire to make the Air National Guard a part of their life — whether for six years or...
  • Beautiful USAF Photo of the Day: B-2 Spirit and F-15E Strike Eagles Together Over the Pacific Ocean

    04/19/2010 4:37:54 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 13 replies · 2,319+ views
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | July 6, 2005 | Tech. Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo, United States Air Force
    Off the coast of Guam "Tip of the Spear" USA . . .1542 x 1024 pixels . . . 2262 x 1502 pixels . . . 3200 x 2125 pixels . . . 4288 x 2848 pixels . . . via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20050822.htm   The Photographer TSgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo, United States Air Force  
  • United States of America's Mega-Muscular, Ever-Vigilant Protectors: BUFF, The BONE, and B-2 Spirit

    04/09/2010 11:51:13 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies · 1,046+ views
    Barksdale AFB 2008 Defenders of Liberty Airshow (1st photo); Western Pacific Ocean (2nd photo) ^ | May 11, 2008 (1st photo); May 12, 2009 (2nd photo) | Av8pix (1st photo); USAF SrA Christopher Bush (2nd photo)
    1024 x 818 pixels . . . 2486 x 1987 pixels . . .  via and more info http://www.flickr.com/photos/av8pix/2490787779/   1630 x 1202 pixels . . . 2306 x 1700 pixels . . .  via and more info http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm  
  • New Treaty Could Trim U.S. Bombers' Nuclear Role

    04/04/2010 10:42:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 506+ views
    Defence & Arms ^ | 04/3/2010 | Ocnus,net
    The new START treaty that would cut the number of U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons could also prompt the United States to trim the bomber leg of its nuclear force. Limits that reduce the number of deployed "launchers" to 700 could encourage U.S. nuclear policy makers to rely more on land-based and sea-based ballistic missiles and less on B-2 and B-52 bombers, said Tom Collina, research director at the Arms Control Association. "The bomber leg of the triad is not what you think about when you think about survivability and quick response," he said. At present, the United States has...
  • B-2s And Boomers

    03/27/2010 10:54:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 911+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/26/2010 | The Strategy Page
    What do B-2 bombers and nuclear submarines have in common? Both cost about the same and both require periodic, and expensive, refurbishment. The U.S. B-2 bomber is the most expensive warplane ever to enter service. The 21 that were built ended up costing over $2 billion each. About half of that was development expense. At the time these aircraft were built (in the 1990s), they cost as much as a major warship. The B-2 has similar needs, including periodic (every seven years), lengthy (13 months) refurbishment (programmed depot maintenance, or PDM). Most of the PDM is devoted to refurbishing structural...
  • USAF Video of the Day: Think Thrice Before Messing With The U.S.

    03/24/2010 9:19:22 PM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 18 replies · 1,239+ views
    United States Air Force, United States Department of Defense ^ | April 2009 | USAF TSgt. Robert Wilson, Video Producer
    This is a rare aerial recording (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PixDnc7c6P4) of two USAF F-22A Raptor stealth fighter jets and one USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flying together over the Pacific region's "tip of the spear" -- Guam, United States of America. The F-22A Raptor and B-2 Spirit are the world's most advanced military aircraft, designed and made in the U.S.A; and paid for by We the People of the U.S. of A. Watching these remarkable defenders of freedom fly together -- flown by the best pilots in the world -- makes one proud and thankful and glad to be a citizen of this...
  • "Spirit of Pennsylvania" First B-2 To Receive Insignia Of Global Strike Command

    03/22/2010 10:53:53 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 508+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/23/2010 | SPX via Space War
    Northrop Grumman has returned to service with the U.S. Air Force a freshly painted, completely overhauled B-2 stealth bomber known as the "Spirit of Pennsylvania." The aircraft lifted off from Air Force Plant 42 here early in the morning on Jan. 26 for its return flight to Whiteman Air Force Base, operational home of the Air Force's 509th Bomb Wing and the nation's fleet of B-2s. "The Spirit of Pennsylvania is the latest B-2 to complete a comprehensive overhaul process called programmed depot maintenance (PDM) that we perform in Palmdale on every B-2 every seven years," said Dave Mazur, vice...
  • Northrop Grumman Begins Installing First EHF Satcom Hardware on B-2

    03/17/2010 10:37:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 354+ views
    Northrup Grumman ^ | 3/17/2010 | Northrup Grumman
    Northrop Grumman Corporation technicians here have begun installing the first set of hardware for a B-2 stealth bomber upgrade that will eventually allow the jet to send and receive battlefield information up to 100 times faster than its current satellite communications system. The work is being done as part of Increment 1 of the U.S. Air Force's B-2 extremely high frequency (EHF) satellite communications program. Northrop Grumman is the Air Force's prime contractor for the B-2 Spirit, the flagship of the nation's long range strike arsenal, and one of the world's most survivable aircraft systems. The B-2 is the only...
  • USAF Photo of the Weekend: B-2 Spirit and F-15E Strike Eagles over the Pacific Ocean--near Guam, USA

    03/05/2010 5:19:15 PM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 9 replies · 1,452+ views
    United States Air Force, United States Department of Defense ^ | July 5, 2005 | USAF TSgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo
    2260 x 1501 pixels . . . 3200 x 2125 pixels . . . 4288 x 2848 pixels . . . via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20050822.htm The Photographer TSgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo, United States Air Force  
  • B-2s arrive at Andersen AFB

    02/27/2010 4:30:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 779+ views
    Air Attack.com ^ | 2/27/2010 | Air Attack.com
    More than 240 Airmen assigned to the 393rd Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., arrived on Andersen recently to support the deployment of B-2 Spirit aircraft as part of the continuous bomber presence here. The Airmen and aircraft replaced the service members and the B-52 Stratofortresses deployed from the 20th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La. Andersen AFB has had bombers present on its runway since 2004, the year the CBP mission began. The B-2's stealth characteristics give it the unique ability to penetrate an enemy's most sophisticated defenses and threaten its most valued and heavily defended targets. The bomber's...
  • British Pilots Train On Upgraded B-2s

    02/08/2010 4:34:22 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 01/08/2010 | Angus Batey
    It is among the U.S. Air Force’s most finite resources, but the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber is still growing in capabilities, and it’s an aircraft America is happy to allow an ally to use. A long-standing exchange program that has seen USAF personnel trade places with those from the Royal Air Force was extended to the B-2 in 2004. The offer to open up the secretive B-2 mission to a key ally was made by then-President George W. Bush in an e-mail to then-Prime Minister Tony Blair. Among the achievements of the first British pilot, Sqn. Ldr. David Arthurton, was...
  • USAF Photos of the Day: Heavyweight Protectors of the U.S.A. -- B-2 Spirit, BUFF, and The BONE

    12/15/2009 10:39:23 AM PST · by EnjoyingLife · 19 replies · 3,726+ views
    United States Air Force ^ | 15 Apr 2003; 16 Jan 2004; 10 May 2008 | Bobbi Garcia; USAF TSgt. Richard Freeland; USAF SSgt. Shelley R. Gill; USAF SSgt. Samuel E. Rogers
    1. USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, with a Prandtl-Glauert Condensation Cloud, over the Pacific Ocean photographed by Bobbi Garcia. More info about the photo: http://web.archive.org/web/20031205232202/www.edwards.af.mil/archive/2003/2003-archive-garcia_photo.html Watch the first 15 seconds of this video: http://www.as.northropgrumman.com/products/b2spirit/assets/vm_b2_tx.wmv Via http://chamorrobible.org/gpw/gpw-20040817.htm 2. USAF B-52 Stratofortress loaded with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) photographed by USAF Tech Sgt. Richard Freeland on 15 April 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Via http://chamorrobible.org/gpw/gpw-20051129.htm 3. USAF B-1B Lancer bomber with a Prandtl-Glauert Condensation Cloud photographed in Southwest Asia by USAF Staff Sgt. Shelley R. Gill on 16 January 2004. Via http://chamorrobible.org/gpw/gpw-20041216.htm 4. B-2 Spirit, BUFF, and BONE photographed by USAF...
  • 'Iran will strike Tel Aviv if attacked'

    11/22/2009 4:51:37 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies · 2,279+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | November 22, 2009
    An aide to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that if the Islamic republic is attacked, it will retaliate against the Israeli metropolis of Tel Aviv, official media reported on Sunday. "If the enemy attacks Iran, our missiles will strike Tel Aviv," the official IRNA news agency quoted Khamenei's representative in the elite Revolutionary Guards, Mojhtaba Zolnoor, as saying late on Saturday. His comments came as Iranian air defence forces were set to carry out five days of manoeuvres involving simulated attacks on the country's nuclear facilities.
  • Iran threatened by U.S. buster bomb

    10/12/2009 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 41 replies · 3,187+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/08/2009 | Staff Writers
    The Pentagon has acknowledged that it is speeding up plans to deploy a massive bomb capable of knocking out deeply buried enemy facilities. The giant "bunker buster" is believed to add fighting power to the U.S. arsenal against Iran's nuclear program, defense experts argue. U.S. officials, however, have refused to confirm the connection. The 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator is capable of penetrating up to 60 meters of earth, or a thick layer of concrete, before exploding. It weighs more than 13 metric tons, allowing just one such bunker buster to be carried by U.S. bomber aircraft. "It is under development...
  • MOP + UON Spells Trouble For Iran

    10/08/2009 5:40:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1,228+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 8, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • MOP + UON Spell Trouble For Iran (Will U.S. Bomb, Bomb Iran?)

    10/08/2009 5:37:37 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 16 replies · 1,886+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 8, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Security: After Iran admits building a second enrichment facility inside a mountain, the Pentagon shifts money from other programs to urgently fund the mother of all bunker-buster bombs. Why the need for speed? At the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh last month, President Obama announced, "The Islamic Republic of Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years." U.S. officials said they knew for some time that the facility existed. The announcement was made after U.S. officials learned Iran had told the International Atomic Energy Agency of Qom's existence. Our knowledge of the facility built in...
  • U.S. fast-tracks new bunker-buster bomb

    08/17/2009 8:29:35 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 59 replies · 3,995+ views
    Space War ^ | United Press International | United Perss International
    Amid continuing tension over political upheaval in Iran, the U.S. Defense Department says it wants to accelerate production of a 30,000-pound "ultra-large bunker-buster" bomb designed to destroy deeply buried installations. The Pentagon has requested Congress to provide the necessary funding to ensure that the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a next-generation bomb known as MOP and built by Boeing, would be ready by July 2010, spokesman Bryan Whitman said on Aug. 3. The non-nuclear weapon will be the biggest conventional bomb the United States has ever deployed. It carries 5,300 pounds of high explosive inside a 25.5-foot bomb casing of hardened steel...
  • Bust Iran's Bunkers

    08/03/2009 5:15:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,355+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 3, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Defense: As the failure of engagement with Iran grows more apparent, the administration that has talked very softly may be getting the mother of all sticks ready. Guess we need high-tech Cold War weapons after all.Western intelligence sources have told London's Times that Iran has perfected the means to develop and detonate a nuclear bomb and is merely awaiting word from its supreme leader to produce its first one. Should the order be given, it would take just six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. Time's up. Recently, and perhaps not coincidentally, Defense...
  • 'Impossible' B-2 Spirit flies on

    07/19/2009 5:55:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies · 1,174+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Sunday, July 19, 2009. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - As even the chief test pilot admitted Friday, the concept of a flying wing bomber, an airplane without a tail or fuselage that would be invisible to radar, seemed impossible. But the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber proved them all wrong when the batwinged wonder took off for the first time from Northrop Grumman Corp.'s facility at Air Force Plant 42 on July 17, 1989. The moment marked "the dawn of a true revolution in air power," said Dave Mazur, Northrop Grumman's B-2 program manager. "It's an aircraft like no other." The bombers - and those who designed, built...
  • USAF Photo of the Day: USA's B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber (Warning: Large Image)

    07/07/2009 5:24:50 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 19 replies · 3,766+ views
    United States Department of Defense ^ | May 12, 2009 | Senior Airman Christopher Bush, U.S. Air Force
    May 12, 2009 -- A U.S. Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flies over the western Pacific Ocean during a refueling mission. The B-2 Spirit is assigned to the 13th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed to Andersen AFB in "Tip of the Spear" Guam, USA, as part of the Continuous Bomber Presence in the Western Pacific. Via: http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htmThe Photographer  Senior Airman Christopher Bush, United States Air Force
  • B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber

    07/03/2009 6:29:48 AM PDT · by Fennie · 10 replies · 1,386+ views
    B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
  • U.S. Outfitting B-2's with Monster Bunker Buster Bombs -- Iran May Be Target

    07/26/2007 6:52:46 PM PDT · by kddid · 90 replies · 4,481+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 27, 2007 | NewsMax
    The U.S. is retrofitting its B-2 Stealth bombers with massive bunker-buster bombs -- a move that could be a prelude to an attack on Iran and its nuclear facilities. Iran has refused to comply with international demands that it stop its nuclear weapons programs. Experts have noted that a U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program could be difficult due to the large number of installations -- some of which are buried deep underground in hardened bunkers. In a recent NewsMax Magazine, Kenneth R. Timmerman's report "The Coming War with Iran: 6 Days of Hell" predicted the U.S. would...
  • USAF To Arm B-2A With Massive Bunker-Buster Bomb

    06/16/2009 4:19:07 PM PDT · by Fennie · 33 replies · 2,931+ views
    Flight International ^ | June 9, 2009 | By Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force today revealed plans to acquire a small arsenal of a new 13,600kg (30,000lb) penetrator bomb to deploy on Northrop Grumman B-2As in three years. The USAF's public notice follows several years of testing the Boeing GBU57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), which is designed to destroy hardened bunkers buried deeply underground. The USAF plans to begin flight tests on the B-2A starting in June 2011 and reach operational status by June 2012, the USAF notice says. Integrating the MOP requires no changes to the B-2A's operational flight programme, avoiding a potentially costly and time-consuming recertification process. The...
  • B-2 is equiped to drop the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)

    06/12/2009 8:04:21 AM PDT · by Godzilla · 91 replies · 2,545+ views
    www.strategypage.com ^ | June 12, 2009
    June 12, 2009: After three years of effort, the U.S. Air Force has developed a new bomb rack for the B-2 bomber, so it can drop the new, 13.6 (30,000 pound) Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). Six years ago, MOP replaced the proposed nuclear bomb penetrator.
  • USAF Photos of Day: B-2 Spirit and F-22A Raptors--U.S. Stealth Power--At Andersen AFB, Guam, U.S.A.

    05/20/2009 6:33:39 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 21 replies · 3,606+ views
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | April 14, 2009 | USAF Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, Photographer
    The Photographer  Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald, 99th ABW, Nellis AFB, United States Air Force Photos (these are just the medium-size versions!) selected from http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-200905.htm
  • Spectrum Sequueze to K.O. B-2 Bomber’s Radar?

    03/25/2009 11:34:12 AM PDT · by Freeport · 17 replies · 822+ views
    www.defenseindustrydaily.com ^ | 24-Mar-2009 | N/A
    America’s 21 B-2A Spirit stealth bombers have been leaders in stealth technology and weapon support arrangements. Now, they’re a leader in a less desirable category. DTI’s Bill Sweetman reports that during a 2008 bandwidth auction, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission inadvertently sold the operating frequency band of the B-2 bomber’s Raytheon AN/APQ-181 radar to an obscure firm headed by a Russian-educated citizen of Mali. Installing new radar arrays on the 20 surviving jets will reportedly cost “well over $1 billion.” Sweetman notes that this is just one side effect of spectrum allocation problems, and greater civilian appetites for its use....
  • Bet on Israel bombing Iran

    09/28/2008 7:48:08 PM PDT · by valkyry1 · 30 replies · 1,100+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 27th 2008 | Robert Baer
    Are we going to have an October surprise, an attack on Iran by either the Bush administration or by Israel to stop the regime from becoming a nuclear power? It could happen - and alter the dynamics of the presidential race in the blink of an eye - but only if Israel pulls the trigger. Don't expect the United States to drop bombs anytime soon
  • The Spirit of Alaska - B-2 photo

    09/22/2008 9:11:27 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 18 replies · 319+ views
    airliners,net ^ | Sept. 17, 2008
    The Spirit of Alaska sits quietly next to The Spirit of America (82-1066) and another B-2. Taken at Whiteman AFB, Missouri (Sept. 17, 2008)
  • New B-2 Bomber Crash Photos Show Carnage Up-close

    07/15/2008 12:32:22 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 51 replies · 417+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 15 July, 2008 | Gizmodo
    Joe Pappalardo got some crisp, high quality military close-ups of the Spirit of Kansas, the $1.2 billion stealth B-2 bomber that crashed in Guam last February. We published other images of the crash scene before.  Head to Popular Mechanics to see the official timeline of the crash. [Popular Mechanics]