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Monday, August 10, 2009

Memo to the Mullahs and Kim Jong Il: Dig Deeper

Dear Fearless Leaders:

Hey, boys, got underground "hiddie holes?"

You may want to ckeck their depth because some U.S. military contractors have been working - as set out here:
The MOP is a technology demonstration program funded by DTRA to develop a 30,000-pound conventional penetrating weapon that will defeat a specialized set of hard and deeply buried targets. Designed to be carried aboard B-2 and B-52 bombers and deployed at high altitudes, the MOP's innovative design features include a Global Positioning System navigation system and more than 5,300 pounds of explosives. Measuring 20 feet long, the MOP is designed specifically to attack hardened concrete bunkers and tunnel facilities.

"The weapon's effectiveness against hard and deeply buried targets allows the warfighter to hold adversaries' most highly valued military facilities at risk, especially those protecting weapons of mass destruction," said Bob McClurg, Boeing Advanced Systems MOP program manager.
I don't think the intended end-recipients are Somali pirates . . . got a shovel?

Update: More here:
The MOP is designed to permit carriage inside both the USAF B-52 and B-2 bombers. Although the technology demonstration test drops will be conducted from a B-52, the Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Fla., issued a sources-sought notice to explore integration of the MOP on the B-2 bomber.

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