The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has released a stunning footage of its B-2 Spirit stealth strategic bomber bomber dropping its GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bunker buster bomb amid rising tensions with Iran.
The video is the most high-definition footage ever publicly released of MOP being dropped from a B-2. It showed the 33,000 lb bombs being dropped from the weapons bay of a B-2 and disappearing deep into the earth before exploding in an enormous ball of flames.
The release came amid rising tensions between U.S. and Iran and the former deploying warships and bombers to the Middle East region.
GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)
The GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) is a precision-guided, 30,000-pound (14,000 kg) “bunker buster” bomb used by the U.S. Air Force. A bunker buster is a type of munition that is designed to penetrate hardened targets or targets buried deep underground, such as military bunkers.
The MOP is the largest and most powerful bunker buster in the U.S. service and is substantially larger than the deepest penetrating bunker busters previously available, the 5,000-pound (2,300 kg) GBU-28 and GBU-37 Global Positioning System Aided Munition (GAM).
The bomb is very large with a length of 6.2 m, diameter of 0.8 m and a weight of 30,000 pounds. It carries a 5,300 pound high explosive warhead. The bomb has a penetration capacity of 61 m.
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit
The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, is an American heavy strategic bomber, featuring low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two.
The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons. Each B-2 bombers can carry two Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) bombs.
Twenty B-2s are in service with the United States Air Force, which plans to operate them until 2032.