July 27th, 2012
08:46 PM ET

U.S. Air Force: If needed today, Bunker Buster is ready

The bunker buster is the biggest weapon in our military's arsenal. It's known as the massive ordnance penetrator, or M.O.P.
Air Force Secretary Michael Donley was asked this week whether the bomb is ready for action and he said, "If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that."

At least 20 bunker buster bombs have been made by Boeing. They're more than 20 feet long and they weigh some 30-thousand pounds. One of the weapon's primary missions is to pulverize bunkers that could be up to 200 feet below the earth's surface. And, it just so happens Iran has these underground facilities.

The only problem is our military's bunker busters may not be powerful enough to destroy them, so an upgrade is in the works. This all comes as the Washington Post reports Iran is building up its military arsenal with missiles that could potentially hit U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf.

OutFront Friday: CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr and Retired Air Force Colonel Cedric Leighton.

Filed under: International • Iran • National Security • News
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    if the military think properly,They Bunker Buster is good for nothing,is just garbage-junk,When You build bunkers,concret-cement mix with neodimium-metal-magnet naturel ,crush-crumbs,metal-magnet-naturel in cement mix will hold the structure toghether as one element very strong ,for explosiv any wulby very difficult to separate,magnet elements holding strong-very!!with cement is like box you can not breket.build shelters for catactrophy is better, naturel-cosmic catastrophy will occur 2012-23-Dec.starts 9-pm N.Y time take 6-3/4 day,build shalters for population ,still you have very litle time.

    July 31, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply

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