Northrop Grumman has begun figuring out how to integrate the new Massive Ordnance Penetrator, a 30,000-pound class weapon, on the B-2 bomber, under a $2.5 million contract a company release says Northrop received June 1 from Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Boeing is the developer of the MOP, which is GPS-guided and contains more than 5,300 pounds of conventional explosives—enough to penetrate deeply buried and hardened targets. Northrop will be converting the B-2’s weapons bays to house the MOP, one in each bay. Dave Mazur, Northrop’s Integrated Systems VP for long-range strike, says the Air Force has yet to decide whether it will go for a limited MOP operational capability or proceed with “a more comprehensive development program.”
Sept. 27, 2022
As the Air Force moves forward with its efforts to operationalize the concept of agile combat employment, leaders need to embrace an iterative approach that builds on itself, recognizing that ACE may never be fully complete, said Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.