The Pentagon has a new toy in its arsenal. Do you know what is better than a bunker busting smart bomb? A much bigger bunker busting smart bomb of course! This thing is 20 feet long and weighs about 15 tons, that’s 30,000 pounds of American ass kicking ordinance. The 15-ton massive ordnance penetrator, or MOP, is GPS guided and designers intended the B-2 and B-3 series of bombers to deliver them. The explosive payload itself tips the scales at 5,300 pounds and can incinerate a target buried up to 200 feet underground. Unless the bad guys build their WMD plants more than 66 yards beneath the earth, consider them hosed.
The defense department is keeping a lid on exactly how many of these overgrown fireworks we have on hand, but rest assured it’s probably enough to have a couple dictators shaking in their totalitarian boots.
All these developments happened amidst growing tensions with Iran. The Iranian government insists that their scientists intend for their atomic program to produce energy, not nuclear weapons. The western intelligence community suspects Iran of enriching uranium to create nuclear weapons in facilities deep underground. Are these new deep core bunker busters intended to deliver a knockout blow to Iran’s nuclear program once and for all? Time will tell but the Pentagon claims, “The system is not aimed at any one country, it’s to develop a capability we believe we need,” Pentagon spokesperson Capt. John Kirby said at a briefing on Wednesday.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with our military developing advanced weapons designed specifically for individual threats we are likely to face. Too often in our military history, we end up fighting the last war, and not the future war. Developers designed these bombs to penetrate deep within the earth, and destroy military targets while simultaneously avoiding unnecessary collateral damage. If you ask me, they should make as many of these things as they can. Very soon, the bad guys won’t have anywhere else to hide.