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Massive ordnance penetrator

18 Nov 2009, 08:24 UTC
Massive ordnance penetrator
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Glenn Greenwald mentions rumblings against Iran with the MOP (massive ordnance penetrator, a huge multiton bomb that could be used to strike hardened underground nuclear facilities. However, what caught my attention was not the politics about the situation, but rather the bomb itself.
Think about it: it’s a bomb that weighs over ten kilotons, presumably with an explosive more powerful than TNT. Now recall that the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were equivalent to blasts of 13 and 21 kilotons of TNT, respectively. The MOP may as well be a nuclear bomb, just a really heavy one and lacking radioactivity. Imagine the MOP being used with little hesitation because it is a conventional warhead, but prompting a nuclear response because someone else might consider its powerful blast to be little different from having used a small tactical nuclear warhead …

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