The Air Force Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.,
issued a source-sought notice today to find companies able to support
integrating the Massive Ordnance Penetrator bomb on the B-2
jet bomber, including flight tests, and planning for a follow-on
acquisition of a limited number of assets for these huge bunker-busting
The notice comes amid heightening
worldwide concern of the mounting capability to build and deploy
nuclear weapons in countries such as Iran and North Korea that are
openly hostile to the United States.
The conventional Massive Ordnance
Penetrator, commonly known as MOP, is 20 feet long, weighs 30,000
pounds, and carries 6,000-pounds of high explosives. It is designed to
go deeper than any existing nuclear bunker-busting weapon.
explosion from the gigantic air-dropped munition is expected to
penetrate as deeply as 200 feet through reinforced concrete able to
withstand pressure of 5,000 pounds per square inch. The bomb will
burrow more than 26 feet into the ground through reinforced concrete
American defense contractors Northrop
Grumman and Boeing Co. are developing this conventional bunker buster
under contract to Air Force Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Defense Threat Reduction Agency,
according to GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Va.
The Massive Ordnance Penetrator, which is so large that the B-2 bomber could carry only one of the weapons, has a short wing span and is satellite guided.
Air Force officials are considering a nine-month contract for fitting the Massive Ordnance Penetrator to the B-2. Companies interested in competing for the job have only until Feb. 2 to indicate their interest to the Air Force.
compete for the job, companies must show they can plan and build
Massive Ordnance Penetrator assets and support equipment; develop
fielding and logistics plans, can provide engineers with secret-level
security clearances, and must have experience in this kind of work.
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