This week, Israel Military Industries announced that it has developed a bunker-buster missile that can puncture a 200mm thick concrete bunker.
IMI’s announcement on Monday reported that the MPR-500 guided missile had recently been given an upgrade in its efficiency. The MPR-500 weighs 250kg (500lbs) and roughly the size of an MK-82 bomb. It has multiple uses and can be linked with radar to be a guided bomb. The upgrades, according to the report, was to its design that now allows the bomb to penetrate four 200mm thick reinforced concrete walls as well as underground bunkers such as those that house Hezbollah munitions and the Iranian nuclear program. In addition, the bomb is smaller than most and thus can be carried in larger numbers in air sorties.
The announcement also said that the bomb is safer as it has a small spread area, using a smaller number of fragments that limits its area of impact to 100 meters. The smaller spread makes it safer to use in urban combat zones as it guarantees a lower casualty count than a conventional bomb. According to technical information released by IMI, the bomb uses a straight path rather than an arc and thus can explode correctly.
The announcement comes in the wake of international pressure upon Israel to not attack Iran over its nuclear energy program that is suspected of being for military purposes. Israel has been warning that it will attack Iran at some point in the future because of the current regime’s failure to adhere to IAEA guidelines and threatening rhetoric which has called for the annihilation of Israel and its citizens. Iran has insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes but has refused to allow IAEA inspectors into its facilities and has moved most of its operations underground for fear of attack by Israel.
The MPR-500 was recently tested and filmed. Last month, Boeing announced that the bomb can be used with its JDAM guidance system which means the bomb can now be controlled via GPS, infrared radar or even guidance systems. The video of the missile in action appears below.