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Massive Ordnance Penetrater May Solve Iranian Problem.

Massive Ordnance Penetrater May Solve  Iranian Problem.

The Massive Ordnance Penetrator is sometimes called the mother of all bombs .It is a weapon system developed by the US military to accomplish a difficult, complicated mission of reaching and destroying the enemies’ weapons of mass destruction located in well-protected facilities. It  is a global Positioning System (GPS) guided bombs which costs around $314 million and is almost five tons heavier than any other bomb in the military’s arsenal and its explosive power is 10 times greater than its bunker-buster predecessor, the BLU-109.It is packed with more than 5,300 pounds of explosives and more than 20 feet long ,the giant bunker-busting bombs were tested at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico .It is made to crush underground targets and will be the largest non nuclear bomb ever manufactured. The US military has ordered about 20 of these bombs which are designed to be dropped on targets by the Boeing-made B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber or Northrop Grumman Corp.’s B-2 stealth bomber. The Pentagon is making efforts to speed up the deployment of an ultra-large bunker-busting bomb, which would be 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.

At the moment, when the highlight is on drones and lightweight weaponry, it is widely accepted that the Massive Ordnance Penetrator will succeed when other weapons fail to crack those hard and deeply buried targets. It is specifically designed to aim those impenetrable targets that the United States considers risky for itself and the world. It emphasizes the Pentagon’s constant need for defense contractors to build the kind of big bombs and other heavy-duty ordnance they have manufactured for decades.
Owing to national security concerns, the Pentagon hasn’t divulged much about the program. It is understood through the various press releases and contract announcements that the massive bomb was developed and manufactured at its Phantom Works facilities in St. Louis, where Boeing works on top-secret projects.
The illustrations and models of the bomb has been made public though the photos are yet to be released. The Air Force has already taken the delivery of the weapon .Incidentally this was acknowledged by the military barely a week after UN agency cautioned about Iran ‘s secret mission to develop a nuclear weapon. It is known that Iran has hidden nuclear complexes that are protected with steel and concrete, and buried under mountains. Iranian facilities in Arak is deep beneath the level of soil and is assumed to be below 300 meters. This facility is surrounded by Anti Air Craft missiles, but Radar evading stealth Bombers can directly hit where ever required. The huge Massive Ordnance Penetrater can easily destroy even the deepest Nuclear facilities inside hardest bunkers.
The US forces while hunting for Osama Bin Laden, realized that these locations were deeply buried and found it difficult to penetrate with existing bombs. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the soldiers’ worry proved right when military personnel came across underground tunnel systems in Iraq .Analysis of sites that had been targeted with bunker-buster bombs revealed poor penetration and inadequate levels of destruction. According to the task force, the existing non-nuclear weapons were too weak and they recommended that a new weapon be developed which was effective against deep, expansive, underground tunnel facilities. The massive ordnance penetrators has a hardened- steel casing and can reach targets as far down as 200 feet underground before exploding.

The apparent nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea seem to be the reason for the step up in the deployment. These nuclear programs are supposed to be in development underground, which is out of range of current bunker-busting bombs’ range. The US wants to convey the message that it is fine-tuning strategies to address new threats through the rapid deployment t . It is very much the American way of advertising the sheer size and tonnage of the bombs hanging below the jets.The MOP is a massive bunker buster which is deployed on a B-2 bomber. It is particularly aimed at destroying the underground installations in Iran.

The Pentagon has officially asked the US Congress to transfer funds to speed up fielding the weapon in the next three years . It is the only U.S. bomber designed to penetrate air defenses supposedly developed by North Korea and Iran as well as the only present aircraft capable of carrying the new bomb ,should matters turn worst between both countries.
The year 2012 is important for the US because of the President elections. Both Republicans and Democrats need the Jewish money for the race. This makes it imperative that the US has to do something to shield Israel from a possible Iranian Nuclear attack. The US and all its allies have imposed sanctions on Iran to pressurize and curtail its Nuclear weapon programs. Iran has so far not yielded to the pressure. This may pave way for the US and allies to use military force to put an end to the program.
For Iran, 2012 is a critical year as well .The continued nuclear program,, domestic developments such as leadership change , the mounting pressure from the international community and things beyond their control. which hamper the progress in nuclear development.
The Air Force and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency have conducted tests at White Sands. The Boeing has already delivered the first Massive Ordnance Penetrator and additional deliveries are expected to be completed by 2013.The Massive Ordnance Penetrater’s advanced designs are primarily meant to combat the threats from Iran and North Korea. .Whether it’s meant for Iran or North Korea or somewhere else, this is the weapon the US was yearning for years.

Massive Ordnance Penetrater May Solve  Iranian Problem.


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