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- .S. Air Force takes delivery of eight Big Blu bombs
- 6m long weapons contain 2.5 tons of explosives
By Lee Moran
Last updated at 1:45 PM on 17th November 2011
Could a 15 ton bunker buster that blows apart 200ft of concrete be the bomb that stops America’s adversaries from developing nuclear weapons?
The U.S. Air Force has unveiled the Massive Ordnance Penetrator – dubbed the Big Blu – and speculation is already mounting that it may be used in airstrikes on Iran or North Korea.
B-2 Stealth Bombers will use the six metre long GPS guided rocket, fitted with 2.5 tons of explosives, to smash open underground bunkers and tunnels suspected of containing weapons of mass destruction.
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Threat: USAF specialists stand under a mock-up of the new bunker busting Big Blu
Bunker buster: The USAF’s $32 million contract with aerospace firm Boeing will see eight of the devices delivered to ‘fulfil the Air Force’s operational needs’
USAF Lieutenant Colonel Jack Miller said the service started taking delivery of the giant bomb, a staggering ten times more powerful than its predecessor the BLU-109, in September.
He added that the $32 million contract with aerospace firm Boeing would see eight of the devices delivered to ‘fulfil the Air Force’s operational needs’.