Accession Number:

ADA453637

Title:

Bunker Busters: Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator Issues, FY2005-FY2007

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-21

Pagination or Media Count:

25.0

Abstract:

Earth penetrator weapons, often called bunker busters, burrow into the ground some tens of feet before detonating, greatly increasing their ability to destroy buried targets. The United States has several types of conventional earth penetrators. The current U.S. nuclear earth penetrator, the B61-11 bomb, cannot penetrate certain types of terrain in which hardened underground facilities may be located, so the Air Force and the National Nuclear Security Administration NNSA are studying a more effective penetrator, the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator RNEP.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE