Skip to comments.US giant bunker-buster bomb project rushed since Iran's Qom site discovered
Posted on 09/30/2009 4:20:25 AM PDT by SpaceBar
The Pentagon has brought forward to December 2009 the target-date for producing the first 15-ton super bunker-buster bomb (GBU-57A/B) Massive Ordinance Penetrator, which can reach a depth of 60.09 meters underground before exploding. DEBKAfile's military sources report that top defense agencies and air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber for carrying and delivering the bomb.
The Pentagon has ordered the number of bombs rolling off the production line increased from four to ten - a rush job triggered in May by the discovery that Iran was hiding a second uranium enrichment plant under a mountain near Qom - a discovery which prompted this week's international outcry.
Congress has since quietly inserted the necessary funding in the 2009 budget.
All this urgency indicates that the Obama administration has been preparing military muscle to back up the international condemnation of Iran's concealed nuclear bomb program, its sanctions threat and his willingness to join the negotiations with Iran opening on Oct. 1 in Geneva. Tehran may have to take into account a possible one-time surgical strike against its underground enrichment facility as a warning shot should its defiance continue. In particular, the world powers this week demanded that Iran open up all its nuclear facilities and programs to full and immediate international inspection. Failure to do so could bring forth further US military action.
According to our military sources...
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Do they ever use these clusters??? Actually, they only need 2...one for Meca & the other for Medina....
The FRENCH think Obama’s “weak”... think about that...
There is no real cause and effect here. Hussein will never use it and it surely wont be given to Israel who would.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. - Theodore Roosevelt
These things are not big enough to do the job.
Not even close to big enough.
Dang, now Obama and his buddies know about it and will cancel the project.
Oh no, not 60 meters, not 61 meters but 60.09 meters. snicker... Perhaps just enough detail to make people believe any of this is true? As if this CINC would ever use this weapon anyway. If he'd use it at all it would be to trade it away in exchange for another photo opportunity. ;-)
And silly Obiwon stopped our development of new nuclear weapons (small nuclear bunker busters) that could do the job.
I noticed that too about the precise depth. Does make one wonder though what it could do with a hydrogen warhead inside.
Need one say more?
“All this urgency indicates that the Obama administration has been preparing military muscle to back up the international condemnation of Iran’s...”
If you believe that, put a tooth under your pillow tonight and wait for the fairy to come by.
All this urgency indicates that the Obama administration has been preparing military muscle to back up the creation and funding of a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders...
The other option: Israel could drop a tactical nuke to render the site radioactively “hot” on top of any other bombage. If the bomb doesn’t take the nuke site offline, the radiation will.
It’s a literal conversion of 200 feet. The latter is an approximation itself, of course, since any number of factors will affect the actual penetration depth.
“...air force units were also working against the clock to adapt the bay of a B2a Stealth bomber”
If an Israeli F-15 cannot carry it, what’s the point?
Rods from God
Orbital systems that depart orbit are unarmed with high density penetrating tips and are steered to impact at over 15,000 mph.
Basically anything that can withstand reentry heat and can still be steered can be a more effective bombardment weapon.
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