The Air Force Is Hunting For A More Powerful Bunker Buster

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A B-52 releases a test version of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) during a test of the weapon over White Sands Missile Range, N.M. in 2009.

A B-52 releases a test version of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) during a test of the weapon over White Sands Missile Range, N.M. in 2009.

The Air Force is developing more powerful “bunker buster” bombs, new reports say.

An Air Force Research Laboratory officer is quoted in a post in the “Warrior Maven” blog that “The A2K will bring the next-generation of penetration and use new contours.”

The officer quoted is Col. Gary Hasse, an AFRL weapons developer. AFRL is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The A2K and A5K are types of bombs, with the blog reporting that the Air Force is accelerating production of 2,000 and 5,000 bunker-buster bombs, with the goal of improving “penetration and overall attack performance.”

A National Interest story published Tuesday cites “service solicitation documents,” saying the A2K “shall consist of a high strength steel penetrator case and sub-components that include an aft closure plate, a fuze well, multiple fuze retaining rings, a relocated fuze arming generator adapter, and external routing of the fuze charging cable.”

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