US considering Israeli request for bunker busters
The US is considering an Israeli request to buy some 6,900 bunker busters
, which would be awfully useful in destroying Iran's nuclear capabilities (Hat Tip: MFS - The Other News
The United States is considering an Israeli request to buy 6,900 GPS
bombs, weighing up to one ton, as Middle East tensions rise, Defense News reported Tuesday.
The Pentagon notified Congress on Monday of the potential $647 million sale of bombs, the smallest of which weighs 250 pounds.
“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is
vital to US national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a
strong and ready self-defense capability,” said a statement from the
Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign
weapon and equipment sales.
“This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives,” it added.
“The proposed sale of munitions will enable Israel to maintain
operational capability of its existing systems.“
Israel has similar munitions and can absorb more of them into its
arsenal. The additional stockpile may help replace bombs used in the
Pillar of Defense counterterrorist operation and also may be linked to
possible overall operations in the future, more specifically in case a
conflict with Iran breaks out.
The bombs and GPS-guided tail kits, called Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs, are built by Boeing.
The proposed sale would also include 3,450 Small Diameter Bombs.
We've heard stories like this before. I would not take this as meaning that we are going to attack Iran next month.
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