June 25, 2015: We don’t often stray into military topics, usually confining ourselves to commercial derivative programs like the Boeing P-8 Poseidon, KC-46a, Airbus KC-330 and the like. But, of all places, Politico has an interesting three-screen piece about President Obama’s “Plan B” in case the talks with Iran fail over curbing its nuclear program.
Plan B calls for the prospect of a Northrop Grumman B-2 stealth bomber dropping a series Massive Ordnance Penetrators, or MOPs, on targeted Iranian nuke facilities to destroy them. The MOP is a super-bomb, but of non-nuclear design, that is so big and so powerful it can penetrates some 200 feet under ground before it blows up. Boeing designed the MOP.
As Politico outlined the plan in great detail (undoubtedly leaked at a critical time to send a message to Iran), one MOP couldn’t do the job, so a succession of B-2s will drop a succession of MOPs on top of each other, with each diving deeper and deeper through the preceding blast hole until getting to the target deep underground.
It’s a fascinating read.