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  • U.S. to sell Israel 1,000 bunker busters

    The U.S. has agreed to sell 1,000 buster-bunker bombs to Israel a deal that could significantly improve Israel’s ability to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    Military experts say an Israeli strike would require bombs that could blast through underground bunkers where some of the Iranian nuclear facilities are located. Last week, the U.S. Defense Department notified Congress that it has agreed to sell Israel small diameter bombs that are capable of doing that.

    It wasn’t clear from the defense department’s announcement when the bombs would be delivered.

    Israel and the United States do no believe Iran’s assertion that its nuclear program is to produce energy, not weapons. Israel hopes Iran can be induced through sanctions and diplomacy to scale back its nuclear ambitions, but has not ruled out a military strike.
    http://www.nationalterroralert.com/u...trike-on-iran/

  • #2
    Not saying this is true or false (not like it matters) but you should really consider looking at another source then that website... there's a lot of crap being put up around there...
    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

    "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by justhomp View Post
      Not saying this is true or false (not like it matters) but you should really consider looking at another source then that website... there's a lot of crap being put up around there...
      I saw it on a few other news sources today. I do have reports on other websites, I just don't ever post em' here.

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      • #4
        You know where those will end up, right?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ford123 View Post
          You know where those will end up, right?
          Err, not being a smart alec, but blown up in Iran?

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          • #6
            J-Post:
            Israel slated to buy US smart bombs
            Sep. 14, 2008
            Yaakov Katz , THE JERUSALEM POST

            The US Department of Defense has notified Congress of a potential sale to Israel of 1,000 smart bombs capable of penetrating underground bunkers, which would likely be used in the event of a military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

            The notification to Congress was made over the weekend by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the branch of the Pentagon responsible for evaluating foreign military sales. Congress has 30 days to object to the deal.

            The deal is valued at $77 million and the principal contractor would be Boeing Integrated Defense Systems.

            The bomb Israel wants is the GBU-39, developed in recent years by the US as a small-diameter bomb for low-cost, high-precision and low-collateral damage strikes.

            Israel has also asked for 150 mounting carriages, 30 guided test vehicles and two instructors to train the air force in loading the bombs on its aircraft.

            The GPS-guided GBU-39 is said to be one of the most accurate bombs in the world. The 113 kg. bomb has the same penetration capabilities as a normal 900 kg. bomb, although it has only 22.7 kg. of explosives. At just 1.75 meters long, its small size increases the number of bombs an aircraft can carry and the number of targets it can attack in a sortie.

            Tests conducted in the US have proven that the bomb is capable of penetrating at least 90 cm. of steel-reinforced concrete. The GBU-39 can be used in adverse weather conditions and has a standoff range of more than 110 km. due to pop-out wings.

            In its recommendation to Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency wrote that Israel's strategic position was "vital to the United States' interests throughout the Middle East."

            "It is vital to the US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives," the statement read.

            The agency's announcement came amid growing concern that the Pentagon was not willing to sell Israel advanced military platforms such as bunker-buster missiles in an effort to dissuade Jerusalem from attacking Iran's nuclear facilities.

            Bunker-buster missiles would be a fundamental component of an air strike against Iran, since many of the nuclear facilities, such as the Natanz uranium enrichment complex, have been built in underground, heavily fortified bunkers.

            During the Second Lebanon War, Israel reportedly received an emergency shipment of bunker-buster missiles from the US to use against underground Hizbullah facilities.

            Yiftah Shapir, from the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, said the GBU-39 is one of the most advanced in the world and would improve Israel's standoff fire capabilities.

            "The bomb is extremely accurate," he said. "All you have to do is punch in the coordinates, fire and forget."

            He said they could be used to attack Iranian underground facilities like Natanz but that they could only penetrate a few meters.

            "Hundreds of these would have to be used in an attack on Natanz for it to be successful," Shapir said.
            AP has it out too. But, take note of the amount and the type. It is said, without modification, it can penetrate 6ft of reinforced concrete. Who knows... interesting stuff none the less.
            "Against the machinations of your enemies you can take defense, but against the stupidity of fools, the very gods themselves fight in vain" ~ Johann C.F. Von Schiller


            "Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck."
            --Thomas Jefferson

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Taylor13 View Post
              I saw it on a few other news sources today. I do have reports on other websites, I just don't ever post em' here.
              Not calling the article into question, just the source.

              I would stay away from that website if I were you... just sayin...
              “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

              "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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              • #8
                Originally posted by justhomp View Post
                Not calling the article into question, just the source.

                I would stay away from that website if I were you... just sayin...
                Okay, I will.

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                • #9
                  If they say "buster-bunker," then they are not to careful.

                  Why not quote the AP?:


                  US plans to sell Israel 1,000 bunker-buster bombs

                  By AMY TEIBEL – 10 hours ago

                  JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. plans to sell Israel 1,000 buster-bunker bombs which Israeli military experts said Monday could provide a powerful new weapon against underground arsenals in Lebanon or Gaza.

                  The experts said they doubted, however, that the bombs could be used to deliver a crippling blow against Iran's nuclear program.

                  In announcing the proposed $77 million deal, which still needs Congressional approval, the U.S. Defense Department said the sale of the Boeing GBU-39 smart bombs would be consistent with the U.S. interest of assisting Israel "to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability." The Pentagon issued a release on the planned sale on Sept. 9.

                  Because it is a precision weapon that generates far less collateral damage than heavier munitions, "this bomb is going to be the general-purpose bomb of the next generation," said Yiftah Shapir, a military analyst at Tel Aviv's Institute of National Security Studies. He said possible targets would include "Katyusha launchers in Lebanon or Qassam (rocket) launchers in Gaza."

                  Shlomo Brom, the Israeli military's former chief of strategic planning, noted an increasing tendency to place weapons underground.

                  In Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrilla group, "one of our problems had been that they put many of the rocket launchers in bunkers and fortifications underground ," Brom said.

                  One hardened target the military went after in that war was the bunker of Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, Israeli security officials have said. Nasrallah survived the fighting, but has been in hiding since the war.

                  Past U.S. sales of bunker-buster bombs to Israel have been construed as a veiled threat against Iran's nuclear program.

                  But Brom and Shapir said they did not think they would be used against Iran, where key nuclear facilities such as the uranium enrichment plant at Nantanz are buried deep and hardened by yards of concrete.

                  "You would need something a lot heavier," he said. The GBU-39 can penetrate 6 feet of concrete, and "6 feet is not enough," he said.

                  Despite a 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that concluded Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003, Israel and many in the United States still believe Iran's nuclear program is geared toward developing weapons. Iran insists the program is only for producing electricity.

                  Israel hopes Iran can be induced through sanctions and diplomacy to scale back its nuclear ambitions, but has not ruled out a military strike.

                  The GBU-39 is "a weapon Israel needs for general purposes," said Shapir, who questioned Israel's capability to deal a blow to Iran's nuclear program. "But attaching this thing to an attack on Iran is propaganda, in my view."
                  Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                  Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DAL View Post

                    Why not quote the AP?:
                    Because it was almost the JPost article verbatim, and when I post longer things people tend to not read them...
                    "Against the machinations of your enemies you can take defense, but against the stupidity of fools, the very gods themselves fight in vain" ~ Johann C.F. Von Schiller


                    "Man once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility, which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck."
                    --Thomas Jefferson

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