Monday, January 30, 2012

More powerful bomb sought

A huge bomb can't destroy the most fortified underground facilities, so the military wants to make the Massive Ordnance Penetrator even more powerful, according to the Wall Street Journal. The 30,000 pound bunker buster is the nation's largest conventional bomb. The Pentagon wants funding to enhance its ability to penetrate deeper into rock, concrete and steel before exploding. The Defense Department has spent about $330 million so far to develop about 20 of the bombs built by Boeing Co. The Pentagon wants about $82 million more. (Source: Wall Street Journal, 01/28/12) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base is involved in developing MOP. Previous post