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Study by Abdullah Toukan and Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Never before has such an open, detailed and thorough study of Israel's offensive options been published. The authors of the 114-page study meticulously gathered all available data on Israel's military capabilities and its nuclear program, and on Iran's nuclear developments and aerial defenses, as well as both countries' missile inventory.
Because the Natanz facility is so important, the Iranians have gone to great lengths to protect it. To contend with the serious defensive measures they have taken, the IAF will use two types of U.S.-made smart bombs. According to reports in the foreign media, 600 of these bombs - nicknamed "bunker busters" - have been sold to Israel. One is called GBU-27, it weighs about 900 kilos and it can penetrate a 2.4-meter layer of concrete. The other is called GBU-28 and weighs 2,268 kilos; this monster can penetrate 6 meters of concrete and another layer of earth 30 meters deep. But for these bombs to penetrate ultra-protected Iranian facilities, IAF pilots will have to strike the targets with absolute accuracy and at an optimal angle.
This statement by a senior American official amounts to Washington's endorsement of Israel's presumed nuclear capability as long as Iran persists in continuing to enrich uranium in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, DEBKAfile's political sources report.
It removes a major obstacle clouding White House talks next Monday, May 18, between Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu and president Barack Obama and paves the way for an Israeli request to extend the 40-year old "ambiguity" arrangement approved by Obama's predecessors.
Originally posted by dooper
Regardless of Israeli logistics, weapons mix, or aircraft delivery trucks, one can be certain of one thing.
The Israelis never, ever (with the exception of Lebanon) do the expected.
Regardless of the tactical need, regardless of their limited capacity, they always surprise their enemies.
Originally posted by munkey66
But we must stop Iran because of their ambition to take over the world
Warmongering has continue for over a year now... And now we can read how they will do it.
I seriously doubt that Israel will strike Iran, for the simple reason that most of Iran's underground nuclear capabilities are well underground, reinforced by several feet of concrete, and even the GBU-28's, which might just barely do the job, would require pinpoint accuracy to be effective. In addition, there is the possibility that Russia has given Iran it's S-300V anti-aircraft defense system, as well as the fact that Israeli aircraft would almost certainly have to fly over hostile countries. The only other option would be nuclear capable missiles, as non-nuclear missiles would most certainly not be able to take out the reinforced underground facilities. Using nuclear missiles would be suicide, IMHO. Checkmate. There will be no Israeli strike. It is only a ploy to get the world to put pressure on Iran, which, BTW, will not give into such pressure. Iran WILL become a nuclear power, unfortunately, and there is very little that can be done to stop it.
Israel could then also add this accident to also being chief amongst their concerns, gain credibility for taking such a hostile stance to begin with, and at the end appear to have been restrained for the sake of the International community even though they “knew better” than to not go in. I am declaring an accident at one of the facilities that leads to the whole program being shut down, the withdrawal of Russians from Iran, Iran’s neighbors viewing it’s ambitions as a threat to them, stepped up regulatory powers of the IAED complete with new sanction strategies to deal with States rebelling against it, and the Israelis coming out looking innocent and wise and restrained in the end.