The US Air Force has released a remarkable video showing a B2 bomber dropping its highest-powered ‘bunker buster’ amid rising tensions with Iran.
The video, which is the most high-definition ever released of this kind of bomb, shows two GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators (MOPs) being employed against a ground targets at an undisclosed location.
Footage shows the 33,000lb bombs being dropped from the weapons bay of a B-52 and disappearing deep into the earth before exploding in an enormous ball of flames.
The MOP is the most powerful non-nuclear bunker buster on earth and is precision guided using a GPS system.
The Drive Reports,
The B-2 Spirit is still America’s silver bullet over 20 years after it entered operational service and 30 years since it began its flight test program. Its nuclear capability remains a key component of America’s Nuclear Triad, but its ever-evolving, long-range, deep-penetrating, conventional strike abilities are what has made the Spirit the plane that often goes to work first when America’s armed forces get a 911 call. One of the most important weapons in the B-2’s repertoire is the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP)—the most powerful non-nuclear bunker buster on the planet weighing in at a whopping 33,000 pounds.
The B-2 can carry a pair of them.
This weapon, paired with the B-2’s ability to sneak deep into enemy territory, give the United States the ability to destroy the most fortified and high-value bunkers on earth. This is the weapon that will be put to work on the very first moments of a U.S. air campaign in North Korea or Iran. It is a highly unique capability that no other air arm of on earth possesses.
The Daily Mail reports,
The video’s release comes as the US has sent troops, planes and ships to the Gulf amid a tense standoff with Iran.
Earlier today, the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has arrived in the Arabian Sea after what Washington called an ‘imminent threat’ Iran.
The carrier and its strike group, comprised of four vessels including destroyers and cruisers, arrived two weeks ahead of schedule after being hastily redirected from operations in the Mediterranean, Fox News reported.