Loading the MOP during a 2007 test in New Mexico. Image: CNN/DTRA Photo

The military’s newest and most powerful ground-penetrating bomb is not intended for Iran’s underground nuclear and weapons facilities specifically, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

“The system’s not aimed at any one country,” said Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby. “It’s to develop a capability we believe we need.”

The new Massive Ordinance Penetrator, known as the MOP, is able to explode 200 feet underground and designed to destroy deeply buried and fortified targets such as the ones Iran is believed to have constructed to protect its nuclear research facilities.

Source: Charley Keyes for CNN.

On the Massive Ordnance Penetrator from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency:

Locate. Analyze. Defeat.
When adversaries of the United States move their WMD underground, DTRA helps the United States military regain the upper hand. Our Hard Target Research and Analysis Center locates and analyzes the underground facilities used to develop, store and launch WMD, but it’s another DTRA program that will finish the job.

The Massive Ordnance Penetrator is a relatively simple weapon system designed to accomplish a difficult, complicated mission – reaching and destroying our adversaries’ WMD located far underground. Partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate, DTRA is perfecting a weapon more powerful than its predecessor, the BLU-109. The MOP relies on gravity to turn its massive weight into tremendous kinetic energy. Designed to penetrate supposedly untouchable facilities in one piece, the MOP will defeat our adversaries’ WMD before they leave the ground.

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