US Whiteman Air Force Base has released a video, featuring a B-2 Spirit dropping two massive 13 tonne GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrators (MOP) in a test flight. The footage shows the moment MOPs unfold their stabilisers and hit the ground. The initial blast after the missile penetrated the upper earth layers is followed by subsequent explosion of its 2,404 kilogramme warhead.
The GBU-57 bomb is capable of penetrating up to 61 metres deep into the ground or break through 19 metres of reinforced concrete and its incredible weight limits its delivery strictly to B-2 Spirit bombers.
The bomb was used in combat by US Air Force in Afghanistan, where it was dropped in the Nangarhar province in 2017, killing some 94 Daesh militants, hiding in the underground tunnels network.