Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Meet the MOBB -- Mother of all Bunker Busters

While US Administration officials hope their amicable diplomacy will convince Iran's mad leader Ahmadinijad to stop his country's quest for nuclear weapons, the Pentagon is already preparing military options.

Last week, the Pentagon requested from Congress (and received approval) to redirect $52 million dollars for the acceleration of purchasing 4 MOP bombs -- Massive Ordnance Penetrators. This 30,000 pound weapon is approximately 31.5 inches in diameter and 20.5 feet long, with about the same amount of explosives inside as Wallis’ Tallboy (5,300 pounds).

These weapons will be needed to help destroy Iran's underground nuclear program.

The warhead case is made from a special high-performance steel alloy, which lets it survive the high-speed impact into a hardened concrete bunker facility. The MOB's design helps it maintain structural integrity during that impact.

20 feet long -- click to see how huge this is...

Remember this post -- you'll be reading about these weapons in the not too far future.

sources: Fox,
Defense Industry Daily,

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Isaac Moses said...

For the record: the Pentagon is part of the US Administration. This procurement and the publicity thereof are clearer messages from the Administration to Iran than anything that comes out of the State Department.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Isaac: True. Yet President Obama didn't seem very pleased with the statements from the US General in not everything is exactly what the State Dept (and President) have in mind.

Isaac Moses said...

The general spoke out of turn, and he got publicly (if obliquely) berated by Secretary Gates. No one's smacking down the Pentagon for procuring new bunker busters. If you have any reason to believe that Defense Department activity is not the result of Administration policy, let's hear it.

Anonymous said...

Just because obama may have allowed the procurement of these mops, doesn't mean he'll allow the use against Iran. Given obama's indications and policies, Israel has more to fear from obama than Iran does.

Anonymous said...

Obama doesn't have the balls

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