US Makes 'Bunker Buster' Bomb Even Bigger
Hopes to send message to Iran and Israel
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
Crews loading the massive ordnance penetrator in a test at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico.   (AP photo/Courtesy of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, File)

(Newser) – The Pentagon has been doing a little showing off for Israel. US officials have been playing Israeli military and civilian leaders footage of the Pentagon's new and improved "bunker buster" bomb, which it says can now take out Iran's most secure nuclear enrichment facility, Fordow. The goal is to convince Israel that America—and only America—is capable of preventing Iran from getting its hands on a nuclear weapon, thus deterring Israel from making a strike of its own while hopefully encouraging diplomatic efforts with Tehran, the Wall Street Journal reports.

At 30,000 pounds, the Massive Ordnance Penetrator is the US military's largest conventional bomb. Bunker busters can penetrate targets and detonate underground, which is necessary to reach a facility like Fordow, which is buried under a mountain. The new MOP has greater burrowing power, improved guidance systems, and technology that allows it to better evade air defenses. "Hopefully we never have to use it," says a senior US official. "But if we had to, it would work."

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ggreenwaldmd
May 4, 2013 1:34 PM CDT
Here's the scoop: Israel can lay down a series of small nuclear bombs, not destroying much physically but making Iranian weapons areas un-usable. Now that is the solution....! And I believe it can be done with undetectable small drones. Chew on that!
NorCalHal
May 4, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
Ridiculous (sp?) holding Israel back while the United States does ........NOTHING... is a joke and exactly what Iran wants and what we should NOT do...Why don't we just announce again, that we are not going to do anything while Iran arms itself with nuclear weapons - then uses them. There isn't a person in a leadership position in this administration that would do anything significant to upset the Muslim world. Just give (or sell) the bunker buster bomb to Israel and let them do what needs to be done and this country no longer has the cajones to do!
HANKHILL
May 4, 2013 10:46 AM CDT
gee now if i had one of these i would--------