US bunker-buster bomb 'ready to go'
The US Air Force's massive 30,000lb bunker-buster bomb critical for striking heavily fortified Iranian nuclear facilities is "ready to go". Michael Donley, the US Air Force Secretary, said that the bomb "if it need to go today", would be available.
"We continue to do testing on the bomb to refine its capabilities, and that is ongoing," he said "We also have the capability to go with existing configuration today."
The endorsement of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) -- the world's largest conventional bomb -- comes after concerns were raised that the weapon still needed refining if was to be effective against Iran's deepest installations.
Last February Congress agreed to an "urgent" Pentagon request to divert $81.6m (£52m) into improvements for the 14-ton MOP.
The 20ft long, 1ft wide weapon will be delivered by the B2 stealth bomber, is the critical piece of military hardware that underwrites American assurances to Israel that it will neutralise Iran's nuclear facilities if diplomacy and sanctions fail.
It also gives the B2 something to do...
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