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August 10, 2009

The largest non-nuclear bomb, like, ever

Cunning linguists may be amused by the Massive Ordnance Penetrator. Iranian engineers perhaps less so.

The Pentagon is trying to speed up the deployment of an ultra-large bunker-busting bomb, which would constitute the largest non-nuclear bomb the U.S. has ever used. The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP, is a 30,000-pound bomb that would dive deeper than any previous bomb, and could be strapped to B-2 or B-52 bombers by July of 2010.

The MOP is 20 feet long and can penetrate bunkers up to 200 feet before exploding. At 15 tons, the MOP is a third heavier than the previous "mother of all bombs", the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, which was only 10.5 tons. The MOP also packs a whopping 5,300 lbs of explosives, which is 10 times the amount its predecessor bunker-buster, the BLU-109, carried. Basically, it's massive.

Massive, yes. But in this as in life what matters is how you use it. With Jimmy Carter squared in the White House, these massive penetrators may have to wait until after 2012 to get into the rubble bouncing business.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 10, 2009 07:53 AM