The Air Force’s 30,000-pound behemoth bunker buster is ready to be used if needed, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said Wednesday.
The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, is designed to destroy deeply buried bunkers that protect chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, but Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year that the bomb needed more development to be able to take out Iranian bunkers.
30,000 pounds would make a nice Daily Dose of ‘Splodey.
One interesting thing about oddball weapons like the MOP is just how few are actually built. Even full production of MOP would constitute a relative handful of weapons. When the GBU-28 bunker buster was almost overnight developed for Desert Storm, the first two hand built “production” models were flown directly to the theater, and expended the next day. Regularized production commenced, but not a whole lot entered the inventory.