Air Force Now Has the MOP

Rogue states with nascent nuclear weapon programs (cough, Iran, cough), consider yourselves on notice. The Air Force has started taking delivery of Massive Ordnance Penetrators. Yup, the 30,000-pound bunker busters, known as MOPs, designed to penetrate 30 stories of reinforced concrete.

(Oh, and the massive bomb’s name is almost as charged as the term, Pre-Dawn Vertical Insertion, if you get what I’m sayin.)

The service apparently got its first production MOP in September and has been stockpiling them ever since. That’s a decent turnaround since April when the Air Force gave Boeing a $28 million contract to deliver eight MOPs and their associated loading equipment. The service gave Boeing a follow-on $32 million contract for eight more MOPs in August. No word on why that deal cost an extra $4 million when it appears otherwise identical to the April contract.

The Air Force has modified several B-2 stealth bombers to carry two of the GPS-guided bombs, apiece. This pretty much tells you all you need to know about the type of mission the MOP will be used for; a super bunker-buster carried by our most survivable heavy bomber. It’s meant to threaten nations like Iran and North Korea with the prospect of an air strike that can take out their most hardened targets.

I’ve got to say, this is pretty timely, given the recent flood of publicity surrounding Iran’s alleged progress toward building a nuclear weapon. While the MOP is big and costly, the West may have more subtle ways of putting kinetic pressure on states like Iran.


77 Comments on "Air Force Now Has the MOP"

  1. Good by Iraq and Afqanistan As soon as Iran gets there nukes finished it ether us or Israel going in.

  2. I wouldnt get too reliant on MOP. Iran is about to open a new enrichment facility buried within a mountain.

  3. When I first saw this photo I seriously thought this was picture of the Russian R-77 air-to-air missile.

  4. 30 stories of buildings is a lot different then a mountain

  5. Curious thing will be how do you perform post-strike Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) in order to know if the strik ewas effective or not?

  6. Hopefully their are no Chicom parts that make up part of this bomb, serious!

  7. They said 30 stories of Reinforced Concrete not a 30 story building.

  8. Tribulationtime | November 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply

    I want to be one Net-adviser too. 8?….We need more weapons, more weapons. How many underground facilities we can demolished with 2 weapons (we are talking of 5 long tons of HE…..). How many B-2? 16-18 we can not lost 1. Sounds like pitch and toss….. the good part is We can use TacNuk and say what the radiactive waste surrounding the target was inside before attack. Other hand How can a embebed smart ass tell the diference?

  9. Cool factor: to put the heat on some current despots and keep them in line,
    maybe we can find an old derelict ship hull destined to become a reef,
    drop one of these at it, configured to penetrate thru the ship and detonate underneath.
    That would be an awesome water column, and should be quite capable of sheering the ship in two.

    Put that one out there on the Net.
    Or maybe we need a third entry in the MOAB/MOP family: one that detonates with regular explosive (not fuel-air) at or near the surface (or after penetrating only a couple dozen feet at most), if just to show potentially hostile navies what we could do to a ship in their ports…

  10. bunker busting in practice never realy worked out as planed ,in campaign over kosovo nato bombed undrground aircraft hangers on many ocassions and suposedy destroyed the facility ,after cesation of hostilities serbs opend the doors few migs out of the base ,truble with bunker busters is that they might go trough a lot of concrete but many underground facilities are built in hillsides that are chosen because the rock might be granit or similar and could well be 10 or more stories deep.Example NORAD

  11. Iran would be foolish to push their rhetoric, the world cannot afford another flashpoint right now.

  12. If you are hiding more than 30 stories below the ground you might survive. But you might be waiting a long, long time before they dig you out.

  13. Wish they would just start the damn bombing campaign so we can get the inevitable loss of crediability and international prestigeover with. The suspense is killing me.

    If the US bombs iran with or without israeli assistance it will be interesting who still stands by us aside from the brits, israel, and of course micronesia…

  14. With or without an MOP, a strike on Iran's facilities will require a tactical nuclear bomb to succeed. The bunkers are too complex for even the most sophisticated bunker busters.

  15. Cool looking ordnance hope we use them to take out Iran's nuke bunkers.

  16. we cant keep Iran from building a bomb. the writing is on the wall.

    does anybody actually think that we (the USA) are scared of an iranian nuke…?

    our politicians are more affraid of the isreals and local "end times kooks" reaction to an iranian bomb.

  17. Baron von French | November 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Reply

    For those of you with the theory that you can't penetrate a mountain…want to sit inside said mountain as the bomb is dropped? Hmmm, didn't think so.

  18. For those of you with the theory that you can't penetrate a mountain… you only have to annihilate the entrances, not the whole facility.

  19. Im not worried about Irans military capacity, what concerns me is what Russia or China will do if we strike Iran!

  20. Put a "low yeild" nuke in that sucker and we'll talk.

  21. I can see Slim Pickens riding it down now.

  22. Uh,Iran & North Korea ALREADY have nuclear weapons,Iran’s courtesy of Pakistan. They(Iran) didn’t have to develop new nuclear warheads,they bought them “off the shelf.” A Russian general verified this. Iran also bought the missiles “off the shelf” from North Korea to deliver their “off the shelf” “made in Pakistan” nuclear warheads. So,all of this BS about Iran being a year away(since when,2001?) from having nuclear weapons is just BS to scare us s**tless & to continue to surrender our civil & constitutional rights to a fascist government(Patriot Act complements of both Bush Sr. & Jr.,Clinton,& Obama).

  23. Wrong. We accelerated an enhance nuclear warhead at 100g a back in the 70s on a Hercules booster. Now fire that downward. Gee, that must beyond our technology as well as steering an ablative 6.000 spear. Do the math. Quite a powerful weapon. Put up a Rutan-like platform at 85 ft and you could probably sling two of these spears.

    As I said, this kind of directed high velocity is what you need to slice Fordo. The energy potential far exceeds the slower moving monster of 30,000 lbs. How much of this explosive energy will be blasted upwards? You would cause a cubic mile of shatter rock.

    And of course this concept has been around for years. The high platforms can be relatively stealthy and drone-refueled. There has been at least five years in which the need for this weapon should have become painfully clear. Rand discussed such hypersonics that avoid ballistic trajectories and provide massive energy releases for almost a decade.


  24. "You (with such a hypersonic spear) would cause a cubic mile of shatter rock (downward and radially from impact point)."

    Sorry for the sloppiness…

  25. Speak softly & carry a 30,000 lbs. stick……….

    Gen. Billy Mitchell would be proud.

  26. Rogue states with nuclear weapons programs (cough, Israel, cough).

  27. if you gift 3 or 4 toys "designed to penetrate 30 stories of reinforced concrete" to a mountain, that poor mountain will be collapsed on itself (especially calcic ones, as Fordo) and whatever under that will experience an earthquake that no construction can tolerate
    building facilities under ground was just a Russian plan for Mullahs to splash their oil dollars, not to keep their nuke greed safe

  28. I wonder if we really need it.

    The rumor-mill has it that Israeli agents have planted suitcase nukes in the cornerstones of a ton of buildings that were constructed in the past decade, including these facilities. Now, I wonder (or hope) there's truth to that.

  29. I bet the Mullahs have an underground bunker, dropping a pair of these there at the right time might be more useful than spreading uranium everywhere.

  30. Now all we need is someone willing to use it.

  31. My quistion is, is the mountain your talking about could withstand 8 consecutive hits of that elephant bombs (30 stories x 8 ) or more? Moron like me think ,that is going to look like the surface of the moon, and if they try to clean it up, we will send them onother bunch of the same good well to mankind bomb..Our friend Israel, should be given some of those just in case we chicken out or fail to do the JUST CAUSE..DOMINGO

  32. If it anit used on Iran we could use to remove nuclear capabilties from say China

  33. The most likely scenario for the recent ‘mishap’ outside Tehran is some form of hypersonic kinetic weapon. It would not take much to have caused the resultant explosion in a munitions facility and an inert kenetic warhead would be virtually undetectable pre and post impact. It has my vote – I certainly hope it is employed in a similar fashion again.

  34. Eldred Mitchell | November 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply

    As an old "gun plumber" (AFSC46250) I'd live to come back and load one of these bad asses!

  35. Whistle Berries | November 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply

    WOW. This puts a new meaning to the saying: "You can run, but you can't hide."

  36. I can't &%^$#@ wait to see a video of the test! Videos of the Daisycutter and MOAB are incredible and this will be astounding! It would be so much fun to have one or two of these on the next 4th of July.

  37. Theri designed to blast in, not out.

  38. I like this. It goes well with our MOAB. I'm sure the Russians will try to top that.

  39. markanabaptist | November 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Reply

    WHY???? according to credible sources that are not along the ZioNazi, read that Synagogue of Satan [Rev. 2:9 & 3:9] controlled media –


    Iran is among the few remaining nations that does NOT have a private central bank controlled by the Rothschild Plutocracy – Afghanistan, Iraq, & Libya WERE on that list.
    Why not ask the ANTI-Zionist Jews? They NEVER get the time of day on the SoS [see above – Rev. 2:9 & 3:9] controlled media.

    REMEMBER YOUR OATH! ALL ENEMIES FOREIGN AND >>>DOMESTIC<<< The day before 9/11, Rumsfeld announced 2.3T$ of what turned out to be CAREER MILITARY PENSION FUNDS >>>MISSING<<< – the next day when the Pentagon was hit [by whatever REALLY hit it!] not only were those records destroyed – CHENEY DID NOT EVEN SOUND THE AIR RAID SIRENS – THE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS WITHIN OUR OWN GOVERNMENT MURDERED THOSE STAFF MEMBERS!!!

    How can 2.3 T$ be stolen without the direct treasonous aid of the international banksters that have been wrecking our economy? There is a Satanic Counterfeit of Judaism that created the global fiat Ponzi scheme – the founders – esp Jefferson warned us of what they would do.

  40. Richard Justis | November 22, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply

    So, gentlemen, after we blow them all to hell, which just may be necessary, or not,
    where do we get the fifteen billion it will take to rebuild them ? Because every S.O.B.
    on this planet will demand that we do, and our glorious leaders will agree.

  41. 30 stories of hardened concrete is almost 55 stories of just rock and dirt. I would say that they better put their stuff a little deeper in the mountain if they want to keep it in one piece.
    This is basically a small tactical nuke and can be used in a large variety of ways.
    These are a little pricy for our budget and I bet no small part is "Administration fees". Grant it the componets are not cheap and assembly is touchy, but when ever the government gets a quote it's already been decided who gets the contract by polititions trading favors and big contributions. By the time the people who really need the equipment get it, it has been market up a dozen times. At one time I was in charge of a ships magazine that contained conventional and nucks. A simple padalock with two keys costs us ovr $900.00 via the "system" and that was in 1966. I founf the same lock at the hardware store for $9.99.

  42. Do a desert demo in Iran of a 20Kton weapon so they can all see the hell they are staring into…

  43. DANG…..BANG!

  44. It's not necessary to "bomb Tehran" into the stone age. All that's necessary is to significantly slow down or put Iran's nuclear capability back about 5-10 years. Even 5 years would help significantly.

    After such an attack (by Israel or the US), the Mulluhs would lose considerable political strength and would be "viewed" by Iranians as weak. The Iranians could then over-throw the Mulluhs. It's happened all over the ME. There's no reason to suppose it won't happen in Iran too.

    The Mulluhs are very much aware of this, believe me. They know how vulnerable they are.


  45. Which is going to be worse, budget cuts from Obama or EMP from Iran. Delivery of this bomb could be harder than we think.

  46. DoD may state unclassified capability and they don't necessarily tell every capability it has, only enough to let the bad guys know they need to watch out. Bin Laden found that we have 2011 A.D. capability and not 200 B.C. style camel fodder. Our people, industry and 200 plus years of freedom and liberty are great but just not perfect. Our Founding Father's plan and Constitution get us that way. Thanks to all who help the U.S.

  47. So hard to believe we have so many experts with such a high degree of scientific knowledge here on line, but reading these comments I guess we do????

  48. All that and it still can't penetrate Obama stupidity!

  49. Technology has to start somewhere. We didn't go from Edison to the integrated chip in one leap. At least this is something that was actually build to met a specific, definable, realistic threat, not a pie-in-the-sky, the sky-might-fall type threat. That's a step in the right direction. Of course, the next logical step is a drone to delivier such capability…

  50. No matter what this will make a h_ll of a hole.

  51. The mountain has an entrance and that is the weak spot to take advantage of.

  52. Ahhh, anything with penetration in it's name, coming from the US Government;

    I know the feeling! Camel flea copulators take notice!

  53. You have to look awfully hard to find a mpountain in Iran that is 30 stories high. A bomb that can go that deep(nuclear) nothing below that would look like soup.

  54. All this talk about bunker busters is for naught…just ship the Republicans to IRAN or Korea and the countries will implode

  55. Salt Lake Silver Fox | November 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Reply

    about time!!!!!!!

  56. B-2? The AF's most survivable bomber? W a t ?

  57. I seem to remember (After 21 years in Ammo in the AF {IYAAYAS} ) that the 30,000 lb bunker buster is not a new addition to the AF munitions stockpile!

  58. At Maxtrue: You said, "Put up a Rutan-like platform at 85 ft…" You meant
    85K right?

  59. Don’t let Obama find out you have em.

  60. Jerry J Cowley SR | November 24, 2011 at 12:44 am | Reply

    2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

  61. Armando I Pena | November 24, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply

    The message is unmistakeable. A weapon of this type can neuter the armed forces of any foe. This doesn't take into account the super weapons we don't yet know about. One big firecracker!

  62. CJones,SMSgt,Retired | November 24, 2011 at 10:05 am | Reply

    Put out just enough info to let our enemies know that we have what it takes to quiet them. Good planning and follow through Air Force team.

  63. I do hope Israel has a few on order

  64. Air Force MSgt Ret | November 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply

    Yeah, but who's going to pay four million dollars for a hypersonic spear? "Gotta keep those boys at Boeing happy so we get reelected". Don't expect politicians to employ logic or sound tactical and strategic thinking when it comes to defense expenditures. It's all about the campaign financing (and I don't mean military campaign).

  65. sounds great ,, which ever way you do it .. JUST GETER / DONE..

  66. Everyone, us and them are threats alone, no proof. One happening like in Japan, gets the needed respect and believability. Avoid people, get the supposed threat zone. Clean it out clearly showing what we say is real. Our respect will be renewed and let them show how they plan a defense to these showing of defending themselves. Then stock pile some defense mechanisms for their threats. End their willingness to blackmail us with their threats because we will defend those threats clearly.

  67. a $2 million dollar bomb dropped by a 1.2 billion dollar airplane. Great technology at a price were can no longer afford in this country.

  68. If anyone seriously thought that the total cpability of this weapon would be posted on the internet than they need an reality check, really need ne.

  69. How many of this bombs components are made in China?

  70. Hope we don't waste our tax dollars by letting those suckers sit around and rust.

  71. Having only two sub sonic 25 billion dollar each weapons platorm that cant fly in rain storms because the anti radar coating will erode off the surfaces is crazy. Just the cost of the fuel at 30.00/gallon and how many refuelings will it take to get to the target maybe 25 hours later boggles my mind at the cost to deliver this 15 ton bomb. The B1B should have been the weapons delivery airplane of choice. I also think that low yield nuclear weapons delivered by intercontinental missles would be more accurate and get our message delivered faster..

  72. Ok, so we’re gonna have 16 of these monster bombs which will NOT destroy the bunkers or development \ production facilities making nukes that WILL threaten us in the near future. And, we only have to pay $3.5 million EACH for the first 8 and $4.0 million EACH (12.50% increase) for the second. No one is taking about that!

    I’m moved by the patriotism, selflessness, and willingness of the Boeing Corporation to sacrifice for our nation which has been at war for a decade!

    Bull! Those fat, bloated, low-life, greedy, F&%Ks would strip the burial garments off their dead mothers, and sell them to put more dollars in their bloated corporate accounts. I’ve watched the “rape of the american taxpayer” by the so-called “military industrial complex” for decades, and they disgust me more with each new “deal”.

    We pay more now for one (1) 5th generation fighter jet (which does not function as advertised (i.e. STOVL F-35), than we did (in adjusted dollars), for all the thousands of aircraft procured during WWII.

    These corporate leeches on the Tax-dollar, better wise up, before the dollars they crave and gleen so wantonly become totally worthless! Screw the bums!

  73. "Electromagnetic Pulse"

  74. You don’t have to take out the weapon bunkers under the mountains. Just the leaders with their fingers on the buttons. I would imagine we know where they live and where their bunkers are located.

  75. It might have been cheaper to build a JDAM Kit for a 7 Megaton Titan II Reentry Vehicle too bad we scrapped them. The planning rule was a 5 Megaton weapon would cut a crater 500 feet deep 3/4 of a mile wide not including the plaster zone. I you wish to double the radius of destruction you had to cube the yield which out of the question as the largest nuclear device ever built was the Russian Tzar bomb that was 57 Megatons and was so large that it would lot fit in the Bombay of a Russian Bison they had to cut the bottom out of the aircraft to make it fit under it. You just use multiple weapons consecutively to get as deep as you want to go. But you also have to remember that bed rock of a mountain transmits kinetic energy like it is going out of style and any one in the bunker is going to be killed my the kinetic energy transfer not the blast. For the same reason when you ship something in the mail you uses packing peanuts or shredded news paper to protect your item. If you want to protect a high value nuclear enrichment facility built under the biggest swamp you can find or the deepest sand pit you can find. As both absorb kinetic and don't transmit it well.

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