1 Tessalonicenses 5:2-6 “The day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, irmãos, não estais em trevas, para que aquele dia vos surpreenda como um ladrão. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”
This US Air Force photo shows weapon as it looks in a mock-up. The Massive Ordnance “Penetrator” sits in the bomb bay of a modified B-52 bomber, designed to carry two of these massive weapons to the target. (AFP Photo)
This is the largest conventional bomb ever developed in this world and it is ready to wreak devastation and chaos upon our enemy, U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley reported. This record-breaking bunker-buster has become operational after years of testing. It weighs as much as the bell in London’s “Big Ben.” Although there has previously been a bigger nuclear device, the new conventional rocket is six times the weight of previous bunker-busters. Its capable of plummeting through 60 feet of reinforced steel and concrete. The Pentagon says “Our Penetrator is THE bomb.”
Secretary Michael Donley said, “If it needed to go today, we would be ready to do that. We continue to do testing on the bomb to refine its proficiency but that is just ongoing. We also have the capability to go with existing configuration today.”
A U.S. Pentagon has more than 20 of these precision-guided Ordnances at a price tag of $330 Million. This new rocket is six times the weight of the previous bunker-buster bombs used by the U.S. and carries an explosive payload of 5,300 pounds. U.S. military chiefs openly admit the weapon was built to attack the fortified nuclear facilities of “rogue states” such as Iran and North Korea.
Iran is working at breakneck speed to expand its Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which is built inside a mountain in the heart of the country, and has been declared “impregnable” by senior officials in Tehran, Irã.
The effectiveness of this new bomb depends on the structural strength of the target and how well it makes contact with the facilities. In the case of Fordo, the US may only have a sketchy idea of its layout.
A U.S. believes a successful strike could set the Iranian program back several years or the attack will at least collapse the passageways to the facility and force substantial rebuilding work. The only other weapon capable of destroying such a facility from the air would be a tactical nuclear missile.