The Air Force plans to conduct its first flight test of the 30,000-pound massive ordnance penetrator before the end of March 2010 as part of an initiative to field the huge bunker-buster munition as soon as possible, a Pentagon spokeswoman told the Daily Report, March 15, 2010. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency led a MOP technology demonstration that concluded in January with the fifth and final test drop of the bomb from a B-52H bomber. The Air Force now intends to integrate MOP on the B-2A. Here, a B-52 releases a MOP during a flight test over White Sands Missile Range, N.M. in 2009.
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