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Originally posted by xmotex
If the US launches a "preemptive" nuclear strike on Iran, it's time for a civil war.
If our country sinks that low, it's time to stop talking to the 28-percenters, and start shooting at them.
If the only sure way to destroy the facilities is nuclear weapons I expect to see them used.
Please accept my apology for misunderstanding your post.
SSV builds on the very successful USAF/Phillips Laboratory Missile Technology Demonstration-1 mission, which demonstrated the tightly coupled GPS navigation accuracy and successful penetration of weather granite at the White Sands missile range, New Mexico. In this August 1995 test, a simulated subscale Earth penetrating warhead was precisely delivered on target at extremely high velocity, resulting in a successful penetration of 31 feet of granite. Much higher penetration depths are possible with full-scale penetrators and higher impact velocities, which the current system is capable of delivering.
Originally posted by Mainer
I think the US Administration thinks more about the repercussions if they didn't. North Korea developed a nuke and now the USA is forced to negotiate with them, I do not think they wish for the same outcome with Iran.
Originally posted by Wiz4769
Guys, dont think for 1 second that the US does not possess a way to take out these bunkers. Thats just wishful thinking, your looking for anyway to thwart ol USA. You can say what you want about our methods of policing attempts, but when it comes to blow for blow, damage capabilities, the US is on a whole other playing field cpmpared to the rest of the world. The sad thing is, if or when we do attack, the world will more than likely say we used a tactical nuke anyways, because the conventional bombs that will be used will be so massive, people will not know the difference.
I pray that it doesnt come to that though, but Iran isnt likely to back down now, they have talked too much crap for that to happen. And I can promise the US isnt just going to say "oh well we tried" and let it go. If they dont start to cooperate with the UN 100%, the US or Israel will take out the bunkers and most of the Iranian military as well in 1 fell swoop.
Originally posted by princeofpeace
What would a 50 megaton two-stage cobalt salted thermonuclear device do to it? Me thinks it wont care how deep its dug in.
Originally posted by pkspeaker
I like these American supramists who keep insisting there is a way for an air dropped weapon to dig thru thousands of feet of hardened bunker, even though all common sense and the scientific analysis that was posted on this thread clearly indicates otherwise..because they think that
Originally posted by aye aye
Why does it have to go directly through the concrete? Would it be possible to go in at an angle or to the edge of the bunker so the missile would just travel through a couple hundred feet of sand and explode to destroy the facilities from the side or underneath, or is the facility encased in hundreds of feet of concrete and packed earth.
Originally posted by NJ Mooch
I hope you understand what I just posted.
U.S. weapons like the GBU-28 can penetrate perhaps 30 ft. of hardened materials or 100 ft. of earth. But Iranian facilities are reportedly buried 100-200 ft. below the surface with alternating layers of earth and cement to absorb the impact of penetrating bombs.
Please do some research
A sled test on 26 February proved that the bomb could penetrate over 20 feet of concrete, while an earlier flight test had demonstrated the bomb's ability to penetrate more than 100 feet of earth. The first two operational bombs were delivered to the theater on 27 February.