Massive Ordinance Penetrator

21 11 2011

Good God, they’ve made another in the “mother of all bombs” family of non-nuclear bombs: the Massive Ordinance Penetrator.

Check out some pictures:





Note the people standing underneath for a sense of scale.

This bomb weighs about 30,000 lbs!  It is a hardened steel bomb that is designed to be dropped from high altitude, giving it enough velocity to penetrate deeply buried and heavily reinforced underground bunkers and facilities – like Iran’s nuke bunkers.

Can you even imagine what it must sound like when it explodes?

Gizmodo had a funny take on the name.  They call it the John Holmes of bombs, ha ha.

It kind of makes me sad to think that many of our nation’s best and brightest minds are hard at work thinking up things like the MOP.  Then again, I shudder to think of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Can’t we all just get along?  Or pretend to, forever?