Iran war does NOT get closer - USA sells Israel bunker busting bombs

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Iran war does NOT get closer - USA sells Israel bunker busting bombs

If this isn't a green light to attack Iran then I don't know what is. The USA sells 1000 GBU-39 bunker busting bombs to Israel.

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."

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By netchicken: posted on 15-9-2008

Well so much for those predictions.

The gbu-39 weapons system is a small diameter bomb. Penetration is only 90cm of hardened concrete.

Demonstrations of them have penetrated 1.8meters of regular concrete but can only do about half of that if it is reinforced with steel (90cm is kinda low but it could be more or less depending on the amount of steel used).

These are made for depots, bunkers, tanks, and other vehicles. You would need something with a lot more penetration than 3-6 feet to go after an underground mountain "hideaway".

Hezbollah are dug in deep on the northern border. These are probably designed to attack those bunkers. Int eh last war, Israels inability to find and destroy their bunker system caused them heaps of headaches.
By netchicken: posted on 16-9-2008

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