In the United States has declared the modernization of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb GBU‑57. This ammunition can penetrate underground concrete bunkers, it weighs more than 13 tons and capable of carrying a charge of 2.5 tons. According to Western analysts, first of all, this bomb is designed to destroy North Korean underground command of the fortifications in the event of a conflict between the US and the DPRK. Russian experts believe that “miracle weapons” very expensive toy, the practical application of which raises a lot of questions.
The US has upgraded its biggest non-nuclear bomb-GBU-57.
The development of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb began in 2002. The first test was held in March 2007, and in 2011 the US air force took it on Board. However, in 2012 it became known that the us military is unhappy with the piercing power of the projectile and set the task to improve it. The total cost of the program to create a “miracle bomb” is estimated at $ 330 million. The price of a shell is estimated at 3.5 million dollars. According to the manufacturer, it is able to penetrate reinforced concrete to a depth of 60 meters, thus guaranteed to destroy underground bunkers, command centers and missile silos.
The primary purpose of using these bombs, Western military analysts see “rogue States” leading the development of nuclear weapons such as North Korea and Iran. However, Russian experts believe that the use of such funds looks good only in theory.
As told “MK” military expert, member of the expert Council of the Military-industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, the chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski, there are no “wonder weapons” and the similar “unique” system has always been flawed.
— Throw it to the big heights, and even if it is used against North Korea or Iran, you still have to destroy the entire air defense system of these countries. The DPRK air defense, of course, based on rather outdated systems, but it is, and it are very numerous. The same can be said about Iran — said murakhovski. It is not an easy task. So this very expensive bombs rather limited scope. In addition, you need to consider the fact that Koreans have nuclear silos and command centers located in the rocky soil, and to break through miles of rock shelters is not concrete batter. It is not so simple.
In turn, the military expert, scientific editor of magazine “Export of arms” Michael Barabanov confirmed “MK” that this shell is, without a doubt, mainly designed to defeat hardened underground nuclear facilities of Iran and North Korea, but it could in theory be used against any buried bunker.
— Although it is clear that from an economic point of view, considering the price of the bombs, it is wise to use only against extremely important targets, he added. To frighten Russia this weapon is hardly relevant, since it is difficult to imagine the possibility of an action of American strategic bombers with non-nuclear weapons over Russian territory, — said the expert.
According to Barabanov, if we talk about the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bombs, the Americans is a 9.5‑tonne high-explosive guided bomb GBU‑43/B MOAB, and in Russia — were tested in the 2000‑ies the Tu‑160 10‑ton aviation vacuum bomb of increased power, the TNT equivalent in the bombing which claimed 44 tons. In both cases, it is not penetrating, and purely “surface” ammunition.
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