TheSpirit stealth has began hardware fit check at Whiteman Air Force Base, Montana in preparation of the integration of the 30,000 pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator ( ) weapon. Integration of the on the is part of an ongoing modernization of the stealth .
The MOP is a GPS-guided weapon containing more than 5,300 pounds of conventional explosives inside a 20.5-foot long bomb body of hardened steel. It is designed to penetrate dirt, rock and reinforced concrete to reach enemy bunker or tunnel installations. The
A team from the B-2 manufacturer, , MOP produced has verified that the equipment required to integrate the new Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) on the B-2 will fit together properly inside the aircraft. These include the hardware that holds the MOP inside the weapons bay, the weapon itself, and the hardware used by the aircrew to command and release the weapon. Instead of grounding an operational plane for the test, the team used the B-2 Weapons Load Trainer – a device that simulates the interior size and shape of the aircraft’s weapons bays — and a high fidelity mock-up of the MOP.