A B-2 bomber flies over the Utah Testing and Training Range at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in this 2015 file photo. Photo by Bobbie Garcia

Air Force seeks more powerful ‘bunker busters’

The Air Force is developing more powerful “bunker buster” bombs, new reports say.

An Air Force Research Laboratory officer is quoted in a post in the “Warrior Maven” blog saying that “The A2K will bring the next-generation of penetration and use new contours.”

The officer quoted is identified as Col. Gary Hasse, an AFRL weapons developer. AFRL is headquarted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

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The A2K and A5K are types of bombs, with the blog reporting that the Air Force is accelerating production of 2,000 and 5,000 bunker-buster bombs, with the goal of improving “penetration and overall attack performance.” The A5K will have a 5,000-pound warhead. 

In 2017, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, also based at Wright-Patterson, issued a request for proposals looking for vendors to build an initial run of 1,000 munitions.

A National Interest story  published Tuesday cites “service solicitation documents,” saying the A2K “shall consist of a high strength steel penetrator case and sub-components that include an aft closure plate, a fuze well, multiple fuze retaining rings, a relocated fuze arming generator adapter, and external routing of the fuze charging cable.”

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