U.S. Penetrator Bomb Could Put Iranian Underground Targets at Risk

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 30, 2014, 7:36 a.m.

Re­cent up­dates to a U.S. bomb de­signed to pul­ver­ize sub­ter­ranean tar­gets have been ef­fect­ive, the Pentagon’s test­ing czar de­term­ined this week in an an­nu­al re­port.

The Boe­ing-de­veloped Massive Ord­nance Pen­et­rat­or could be de­livered by B-2 bombers in a po­ten­tial at­tack on Ir­an’s atom­ic fa­cil­it­ies, some of which have been built un­der­ground, Bloomberg re­ports. Tehran has agreed to halt some of its sens­it­ive atom­ic activ­it­ies for the next six months while it ne­go­ti­ates a deal with world powers to re­solve con­cerns about its po­ten­tial to de­vel­op a nuc­le­ar weapon.

U.S. test­ing last year demon­strated that the En­hanced Threat Modi­fic­a­tion up­grade to the pen­et­rat­ing bomb has giv­en the 30,000-pound con­ven­tion­al mu­ni­tion the abil­ity to “ef­fect­ively” des­troy “se­lec­ted hardened, deeply bur­ied tar­gets,” con­cluded Mi­chael Gilmore, head of the Pentagon’s test­ing and eval­u­ation of­fice, in his re­port on ma­jor weapon sys­tems.


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