Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) Direct Strike Hard Target Weapon / “Big BLU” 30,000 Lbs.

The MOP is a technology demonstration program funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency [DTRA] to develop a 30,000-pound conventional penetrating weapon that will defeat a specialized set of hard and deeply buried targets. The MOP is designed specifically to attack hardened concrete bunkers and tunnel facilities. Designed to be carried aboard B-2 and B-52 bombers and deployed at high altitudes, the MOP’s innovative design features include a Global Positioning System navigation system. Boeing’s Phantom Works is leading the effort to demonstrate the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP). Northrop Grumman is working on with Boeing to develop this conventional bunker buster. They are under contract to Air Force Research Laboratory’s Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency. The three-phase technology demonstration built on design studies that Boeing had conducted for the laboratory.Read the full description from the pro’s at GlobalSecurity.org

Depth Penetration Comparison

Big Blu Being Loaded

Loaded for Tunnel Detonation

The B52 Stealth Bomber that will carry Big Blu.

Here are some links to some news articles talking about Big Blu and potentially being used on Iran soon to penetrate Irans underground facilities and those inside of mountains.

Will Bush really bomb Iran? By Sarah Baxter at TimesOnline.co.uk

Pentagon seeks funds for new bomb By Jim Mannion at IAfrica.com

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