Analysis

Improved US ‘Bunker Buster’ Bomb Still Has Major Limitations
A mock-up of the GBU-57 ‘bunker buster’ sits in the bomb bay of a B-2 weapons load trainer at Whitman Air Force Base, Missouri, December 2007. (US Air Force photo)
May 8, 2013
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
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The Pentagon’s improved GBU-57 bunker buster bomb is being touted as the lone weapon that can destroy underground Iranian nuclear sites. But this huge bomb still has many limitations that will likely leave it wasting away in a storage site.
The biggest problems with the GBU-57 are its enormous size and weight. Moreover, due to publicity about this bomb, the Pentagon has lost the element of surprise and allowed adversaries like Iran and North Korea time to enact countermeasures.
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