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U.S. To Sell Israel Air Force New Bunker-Buster Bombs
Haaretz ^ | September 14, 2008 | By Aluf Benn and Amos Harel

Posted on 09/14/2008 7:34:03 AM PDT by Fennie

Despite reservations in Washington regarding a possible Israeli strike on Iran, the American administration will supply Israel with sophisticated weapons for heavily fortified targets, the U.S. administration announced.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced it would sell the Israel Air Force 1,000 new smart bombs, rumored to significantly enhance the IAF's military capabilities. The deal was approved amid public and secret messages from Washington, with the Americans expressing their reservations about a possible Israeli strike against the Islamic Republic's suspected nuclear sites.

The Pentagon's announcement, which came on Friday, said the U.S. will provide Israel with 1,000 units of Guided Bomb Unit-39 (GBU-39) - a special weapon developed for penetrating fortified facilities located deep underground. The $77 million shipment, which includes launchers and appurtenances, will allow the IAF to hit many more bunkers than currently possible. Although each bomb weighs 113 kilograms, its penetration capabilities equal those of a one ton bomb, according to professional literature.

Most U.S. Air Force aircraft are able to carry a pack of four of these bombs in place of a single one-ton bomb. The bomb's small size allows a single-strike aircraft to carry more of the munitions than is possible utilizing currently available bomb units, thus increasing firepower, or, alternatively, allowing the aircraft to fly longer distances to deliver a single bomb.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: armsbuildup; armstrade; bunker; bunkerbuster; bush; busters; congress; geopolitics; iran; iraq; islam; israel; mohammedanism; nuclear; pentagon; proliferation; wot
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1 posted on 09/14/2008 7:34:03 AM PDT by Fennie
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To: Fennie

More good news!


2 posted on 09/14/2008 7:35:34 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affimative Action Candidate)
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To: Mikey_1962

One thousand of these things can put a dent in something, f’sure.


3 posted on 09/14/2008 7:39:56 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Mikey_1962

I think it was the discovery that a large amount of enriched uranium is missing from Iran’s processing plant.


4 posted on 09/14/2008 7:40:36 AM PDT by DrGunsforHands
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
The US should have supplies all the Bunker-Busters Israel could get,, let's say 5,000 of them..... no need to be left under supplied.
5 posted on 09/14/2008 7:47:30 AM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: patton; theDentist; Cyber Liberty; AFPhys; EODGUY; neverdem; Mikey_1962

I thought these bunker-busters were NOT going to be sold to Israel.

But I still the Tallboy or Grand Slam would be more fun to drop.


6 posted on 09/14/2008 7:48:24 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: jveritas; FARS; Ernest_at_the_Beach; knighthawk; Marine_Uncle; SandRat; Steel Wolf; CAP; ...

Israel to buy buster bunker bombs ping.


7 posted on 09/14/2008 7:53:39 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Obama: metro-sexual who wants to wear lipstick while mocking hockey moms.)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Which one is the 155 tube packed with C4 and a JADAM kit bolted on?

I forget. Clever as all heck, though.


8 posted on 09/14/2008 7:56:41 AM PDT by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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To: Fennie

“Now don’t go and do what I wouldn’t do!”, *wink* *wink*


9 posted on 09/14/2008 8:01:18 AM PDT by Daus
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To: Fennie

I would think that a series of these hitting the same spot one after the other would make a pretty deep hole.


10 posted on 09/14/2008 8:04:09 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell)
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To: Fennie

Good!! Use them in good health, Israel.


11 posted on 09/14/2008 8:06:28 AM PDT by JustaCowgirl (The left are at the KIDS TABLE throwing turkey giblets!!! (Dennis Miller))
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To: Fennie

It’s about damn time.


12 posted on 09/14/2008 8:22:59 AM PDT by mkjessup (Jimmy Carter is the Skidmark in the panties of American history. (Obama is his 2nd term))
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To: Mikey_1962

Shalom!

Good Choice President W. God’s great blessing upon you. Thank you for leading us for 8 years. You are not a coward.


13 posted on 09/14/2008 8:25:01 AM PDT by TFMcGuire (Either you are an American, or you are a liberal)
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To: TFMcGuire

“Shalom!”

“Good Choice President W. God’s great blessing upon you. Thank you for leading us for 8 years. You are not a coward.”

Thank you for this comment, I agree with you 100%.


14 posted on 09/14/2008 8:34:17 AM PDT by JOE43270 (JV43270 God Bless America and ALL WHO HAVE and WILL DEFEND HER.)
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To: Fennie

Use them within a year and there will be no charge. ;)


15 posted on 09/14/2008 8:38:33 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (That sharp pain to the LibRat's groin is called the Palin Effect.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I wish b-52s and f-111s where for sale. Russia would do it


16 posted on 09/14/2008 8:39:50 AM PDT by omega4179 ("John McCain has not... talked about... My muslim faith")
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To: Fennie
Just in time for __________ :-)
17 posted on 09/14/2008 8:40:05 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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To: Fennie

These “smart bombs” are the wrong tool for the job...

One fights fire with fire, nuclear with nuclear.....

Iran’s fascination with nuclear weapons can be resolved by delivering a few........before they do..


18 posted on 09/14/2008 8:42:40 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: omega4179
I understand the 111’s are being fazed out Down Under. No telling where they might reappear.
19 posted on 09/14/2008 8:43:19 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Fennie

I’m sure there’s a reason this debate was played out in public, and perhaps it has something to do with new leadership coming in D.C. and Israel, but at any rate, the more arms Israel has the better. As long as they’re willing to use them if necessary.


20 posted on 09/14/2008 9:00:51 AM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (Welcome home, former McCain haters and rageaholics!)
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To: DrGunsforHands
I think it was the discovery that a large amount of enriched uranium is missing from Iran’s processing plant.

That means it is in another country being fashioned into warheads.

Israel and thepro-Muslim lobby at Faggy Bottom have waited too long.

Anti-Ahmadinejad-and-enablers Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED. FIRE!!

Now the only question is where the Islamic bomb will strike:

1) Tel Aviv
2) London (how's that Sharia assimilation working for you?)

3) Truck bomb in Manhattan or D.C. (it'd be ironic if the terrorists took out Manhattan, it's their second largest base of support in the US after Hollywood).

Cheers!

21 posted on 09/14/2008 9:03:56 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: DrGunsforHands

However, please note the warning label on each device that indicates that if used upon the nation of Iran, the warranty shall be void and the purchase price shall be nonrefundable. However in the event that the device is used to destroy a nuclear weapons manufacturing facility UNDERNEATH the nation of Iran, unlimited amounts of replacement devices shall immediately be made available to the user at no additional cost whatsoever.


22 posted on 09/14/2008 9:12:48 AM PDT by Stayfree (***********************************************If it is left, it can't be right!!)
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To: elhombrelibre

Uh-oh...


23 posted on 09/14/2008 9:21:10 AM PDT by Allegra (Prayers up for all in Ike's path. Please be safe...my hometown.)
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To: Fennie

Gbu-39 are 250 pound weapons. While useful perhaps for things like aircraft bunkers and so on, I’m not sure they are that useful for deeply buried facilities like Natanz. We shall see.


24 posted on 09/14/2008 9:21:18 AM PDT by burster
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To: Fennie

1000 bunker busters! Some ones planning a very large underground party.

Send enough to finish the job or send none at all.


25 posted on 09/14/2008 9:22:38 AM PDT by Bailee
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To: nw_arizona_granny

ping


26 posted on 09/14/2008 9:23:23 AM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT
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To: Allegra
Hey, Allegra, nice to hear from you. This recent development could ratchet things up a bit, but to get rid of Iran's development of nuclear weapons, I believe, it will be necessary to conduct a sustained campaign. Bluffing or trying to scare them won't work.
27 posted on 09/14/2008 9:36:32 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Obama: metro-sexual who wants to wear lipstick while mocking hockey moms.)
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To: Fennie

This doesn’t really mean that much, What Israel wants and NEEDS is the GBU-28, a 5000# deep penetrating weapon that can go though 20 ft of concrete, or 150 feet of earth. THIS is the only weapon that can take out the deeply buried Nuclear sites.


28 posted on 09/14/2008 9:44:53 AM PDT by Vinnie_Vidi_Vici
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To: omega4179
Russia would do it

Russia would do what?

Build the Iranian air defense system to defend the reactor?

Yes they did.

Sell Iran nuclear fuel rods to power the reactor?

Yes they did.

Design and build the stinking nuclear reactor in the first place?

Yes they did.

And you are laminating that we won't sell the Russians B-52's and F-111?

Pardon but are you feeling well?

29 posted on 09/14/2008 9:52:44 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Just say No to Lawyers! Palin '08! (oh and McWhatshisname too. I guess))
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To: Fennie

How long until these things are up and ready to drop on Iran?


30 posted on 09/14/2008 9:55:08 AM PDT by counterpunch (Country First)
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To: elhombrelibre
Of course they are not designed for deep penetration into bed rock. The new series of Air Force developed MOABs are. And we are not going to sell anyone the ordnance required to destroy the Iranian deep underground nuclear facilities that is at the heart of their nuclear weapon development program.

31 posted on 09/14/2008 9:55:41 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Israel has 25 F-15I’s, which are basically the same thing as the F-15E Strike Eagle. Coincidentally, the GBU-39 was developed for the Strike Eagle.

The combat radius for the Strike Eagle is 1000nm (1150 miles), while the radius for the F-111 is 900nm (1035 miles). Tehran is about 1000 miles from Israel, so roughly half of Iran is too far for either aircraft to fly to and back without refueling.

However, the Natanz nuclear enrichment plant http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/world/iran/natanz-imagery2.htm appears to be just within range if Israel doesn’t mind flying over neighboring countries’ air space.


32 posted on 09/14/2008 9:58:11 AM PDT by OA5599
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To: Fennie
Sung to the tune of 100 bottles of Beer on the Wall:

1000 GBU-39's on the Wall, 1000 GBU-39's....

and if one of those GBU-39's should happen to fall,

999 pieces of Iran on the Wall!

999 GBU-39's on the Wall, 999 GBU-39's...

33 posted on 09/14/2008 10:01:43 AM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: TFMcGuire
Good Choice President W. God’s great blessing upon you. Thank you for leading us for 8 years. You are not a coward.

Nice. I have had my complaints about GWB (open borders, etc) but he has done as good as job as anyone could have done with what he's had to face: an attack on American soil, dictators trying to get nukes, a totally hostile media (national and foreign) and other factors.

Once the MSM loses control of re-writing history, future generations will see just what a courageous and effective President George Bush has been. I have no regrets voting for him ... twice.

34 posted on 09/14/2008 10:13:43 AM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: patton

Thats one of the big ones. I think they are about 8k lbs. These are the new small diameter bombs that really pack a punch.


35 posted on 09/14/2008 10:13:43 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Fennie

Sounds good to me... God bless Israel!


36 posted on 09/14/2008 10:17:00 AM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ Pro-Palin & NObama Gear : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: LibertyRocks
Hey AHMADINEJAD good buddy- Here come’s Israel, Your nuke sites are going to be lit up. Just giving ya a heads up.
37 posted on 09/14/2008 10:27:56 AM PDT by reefdiver (He voted to Kill the infants - Because the intended Abortion was unsuccessful. You think your safe)
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To: Fennie

This is good news.

The real irony is that all the ‘peace’ types think electing Obama would make a war between Iran and the West less likely. Actually the opposite is true: an Obama victory would make an Israeli strike, probably with full U.S. backing, sometime between Nov. 5 and Jan. 19 a virtual certainty.

Only a McCain presidency has any chance of averting full-out military action to prevent the nuclearization of Iran. As Frederick the Great put it, “Diplomacy with arms is like a musical score without instruments.”


38 posted on 09/14/2008 10:38:35 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (For real change stop electing lawyers: Fighter-Pilot/Hockey-Mom '08.)
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To: Marine_Uncle
Of course they are not designed for deep penetration into bed rock. The new series of Air Force developed MOABs are.

MOABs? Nope. This sale increases the target/sortie ratio for the IAF

39 posted on 09/14/2008 10:44:14 AM PDT by xone
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To: PapaBear3625

Sorry if I’m thinking of the wrong kind of bunker buster, but no; they’re supossed to create a small but deep hole, and then explode only after reaching depth.


40 posted on 09/14/2008 10:44:39 AM PDT by Moose Burger
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To: Fennie

Cool deal and long overdue!

each bomb weighs 113 kilograms, its penetration capabilities equal those of a one ton bomb.


41 posted on 09/14/2008 10:49:16 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!)
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To: Fennie

woooohoooooo! yah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


42 posted on 09/14/2008 10:53:33 AM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: The_Reader_David

“Diplomacy without arms is like a musical score without instruments.”

There.


43 posted on 09/14/2008 10:54:55 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Fennie

Thanks. This is great news. I was beginning to lose faith in Bush, but with this...........I wonder if he is listening to us?


44 posted on 09/14/2008 10:55:12 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: Fennie

45 posted on 09/14/2008 10:56:08 AM PDT by doug from upland (8 million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: Fennie
"What's that, Lassie? Timmy threw a GBU-39 in the Hidden Imam's well?"

"Oh dear, there's going to be cockroaches all over the place. Go bring him home and cleaned up for dinner, Lassie!"

46 posted on 09/14/2008 10:58:03 AM PDT by 4woodenboats (***NEVER FORGET*** - Our Marines, Sailors & Troops are still fighting and need our support***)
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To: tet68

Well, one thing I’m not is a good proofreader. Thanks for the correction.

Sheesh! Two cups of coffee, early afternoon, and I’m still not awake!


47 posted on 09/14/2008 11:02:35 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (For real change stop electing lawyers: Fighter-Pilot/Hockey-Mom '08.)
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To: 4woodenboats

LOL!


48 posted on 09/14/2008 11:03:03 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: patton

GBU-28


49 posted on 09/14/2008 11:15:12 AM PDT by rahbert
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To: counterpunch

My guess would be around Thanksgiving.


50 posted on 09/14/2008 11:23:24 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (No Obama, No Way, No How)
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