Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meet Mr. MOP

This particular MOP is a "massive ordinance penetrator" bomb made by Boeing. It' scheduled to be available to the US military in 2010 and would be the largest non-nuclear weapon in the arsenal. The MOP is over 20 feet long, a little less than a yard wide, and tips the Toledos at about 30,000 pounds. 5,300 pounds of that weight is explosive material. Which means that it has fully 10 times the explosive power of its predecessor: BLU-109.

MOP travels to the theater via USAF B-2 bombers. GPS navigation can drop it on, say, oh I dunno, the underground nuke facilities in Iran just as an example.
The story of this big, bad MOP made its way onto the AP news service today. If a US President uses a 30,000 lb bomb to knock out a terror state's nuclear facility does the Nobel Peace Prize magically disappear from around his neck? We'll probably never know.