The Air Force plans to test the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, its 30,000–pound, next-generation bunker buster, from the B-52 bomber later this year or in Fiscal 2009, says a USAF spokesman. Maj. David Small tells the Daily Report that these flight tests will culminate the MOP advanced concept technology demonstration begun in 2004 by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Last year, DTRA validated the lethality of the weapon during a ground test in a tunnel facility. The MOP carries about 5,300 pounds of explosives and is designed to destroy heavily reinforced underground facilities. It features GPS-aided navigation. On a separate but parallel track, USAF has started the process of integrating the bunker-busting behemoth on the B-2 bomber, using funds added by Congress to the Air Force’s budget specifically for that purpose. Congress provided $5.6 million in Fiscal 2007 and $10 million in this fiscal year to begin these integration activities. Those dollars will cover the initial development of the interface control document, suspension and release equipment, and the design of the aircraft-to-weapon interface, Smart says. However, they are not enough to complete the full design, development, test, and integration efforts needed for the entire Spirit fleet, he says. In December 2007, Air Force and industry engineers successfully fit a mock-up of the MOP in a mock-up of the B-2’s internal weapons bay.
Feb. 28, 2021
In commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm, Air Force Magazine is posting daily recollections from the six-week war, which expelled Iraq from occupied Kuwait.
Feb. 26, 2021
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Roth, NORAD’s Gen. VanHerck, U.S. Space Command’s Gen. Dickinson, Spark Tank, and more from Day 3 of the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.
Feb. 26, 2021
A crew chief and production superintendent from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., took home the 3D-printed trophy in the Department of the Air Force’s Spark Tank innovation contest for a simple idea he predicts could “solve a lot of issues across the aircraft community.” Master Sgt. Justin Bauer pitched his…
The first flight of the AGM-183A hypersonic missile will happen within a week, experts reported Feb. 26 at AFA's virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium. The Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon will fly soon after a failed attempt, which was apparently due to technical and procedural glitches not related to the missile's design.
Air Combat Command is trying to move forward with an experiment it hopes will pave the way for a larger overhaul of fighter pilot training, despite pandemic-era complications. The command is working through the contracting process for the resources it needs to test the “Reforge” idea, ACC boss Gen. Mark…
Feb. 26, 2021
Nearly 140 Air National Guard personnel from Texas and Kentucky have responded to parts of Texas that were devastated by Winter Storm Uri, ANG Director Lt. Gen. Michael A. Loh told reporters Feb. 26. The polar vortex ravaged Texas’ power grid and deprived many citizens of running water.
The head of Air Combat Command isn't sure the cost of operating the F-35 will hit the desired $25,000 per hour by 2025, and he's headed out to meetings to see what can be done to make it happen. He's also concerned that China will beat the U.S. to 6th-generation…
The Pentagon’s new Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military has 90 days to find ways to combat the problem within the ranks, and the group will consider all options to address an issue that has “shattered the dreams” of many service members who joined with optimism about…
Feb. 26, 2021
Air Education and Training Command has incorporated a focus on human performance optimization—which includes personal resilience, health, fitness, diet, and mental performance—into its Undergraduate Pilot Training 2.5 program, 19th Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills said at the Air Force Association’s virtual Aerospace Warfare Symposium.