Air Force Receives Anti-WMD Bunker Buster Bombs

(Nov. 16) -Workers prepare to move the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator for a test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The U.S. Air Force received its first delivery of the weapon in September, a spokesman announced (U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency photo).
(Nov. 16) -Workers prepare to move the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator for a test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The U.S. Air Force received its first delivery of the weapon in September, a spokesman announced (U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency photo).

The U.S. Air Force has begun accepting shipments of a new massive bunker-buster bomb that could target subterranean arsenals containing weapons of mass destruction, Agence France-Presse reported on Tuesday (see GSN, Dec. 22, 2009).

Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Miller said his service received its first shipment of the 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator two months ago. The massive Global Positioning System-guided weapon is seen as being acquired for potential use against subterranean arsenals or facilities in North Korea and Iran, according to AFP.

Defense firm Boeing is contracted to manufacture eight of the bombs, Miller said.

The bomb "will defeat our adversary's WMD before they leave the ground," the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's website states.

Work on the bunker-buster weapon began in 2007. It is designed to tunnel through a maximum of 200 feet of strengthened concrete before detonating, and has more explosive power than the earlier BLU-109 bomb by a factor of 10 (Agence France-Presse/Google News, Nov. 15).

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The U.S. Air Force has begun accepting shipments of a new massive bunker-buster bomb that could target subterranean arsenals containing weapons of mass destruction, Agence France-Presse reported on Tuesday (see GSN, Dec. 22, 2009).