Not Your Everyday, Garden Variety “MOP”
By Dell Hill
Hat Tip - Doug Ross
Barney Frank takes his 25% out of the Defense Department budget, I
thought you’d like to see the latest munition designed specifically to
avoid using weapons of nuclear destruction.
From these lips to Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's ear:
Rogue states with nascent nuclear weapon programs (cough, Iran, cough), consider yourselves on notice.
The Air Force has started taking delivery of Massive Ordnance
Penetrators. Yup, the 30,000-pound bunker busters, known as MOPs, designed to penetrate 30 stories of reinforced concrete (Oh, and the massive bomb’s name is almost as charged as the term, Pre-Dawn Vertical Insertion, if you get what I’m sayin.)
The service apparently got its first production MOP in September and has been stockpiling them ever since. That’s a decent turnaround since April when the Air Force gave Boeing a $28 million contract to deliver eight MOPs and their associated loading equipment. The service gave Boeing a follow-on $32 million contract for eight more MOPs in August. No word on why that deal cost an extra $4 million when it appears otherwise identical to the April contract.
Air Force has modified several B-2 stealth bombers to carry two of the
GPS-guided bombs, apiece. This pretty much tells you all you need to
know about the type of mission the MOP will be used for; a super
bunker-buster carried by our most survivable heavy bomber. It’s meant to
threaten nations like Iran and North Korea with the prospect of an air
strike that can take out their most hardened targets.
got to say, this is pretty timely, given the recent flood of publicity
surrounding Iran’s alleged progress toward building a nuclear weapon.
While the MOP is big and costly, the West may have more subtle ways of putting kinetic pressure on states like Iran.
Mr. SpiffyInMyDinnerJacket, bear in mind that my leetle friend here
penetrates THIRTY stories of reinforced concrete BEFORE it explodes!
How you like dem apples?