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If they bomb Iran nuclear facilities, they will use this:

U.S. Tests 15-Ton Bunker Buster

Global Security Newswire

WASHINGTON -- In a tunnel under the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, the U.S. military this month conducted the first test detonation of a massive bomb designed to crack hardened bunkers.

At the helm of the $30 million project to develop what the Defense Department calls the Massive Ordnance Penetrator is the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a Pentagon branch devoted to countering threats from weapons of mass destruction.

The 30,000-pound bomb could be deployed against the type of underground facilities in which Iran is engaged in uranium-enrichment work...

Test drops from a B-52 long-range bomber are planned to start late in 2007.  The Air Force is also proceeding with work to shoehorn the enormous bomb into the B-2 stealth bomber.

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The Pentagon wants to upgrade its fleet of stealth bombers so that they can deliver 30-tonne, satellite-guided bombs. The planes would be based on the British Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia where hangars are being specially upgraded. These "bunker-buster" bombs are six times bigger than anything used by the air force and designed to destroy weapons of mass destruction facilities underground. Diego Garcia is also much closer to Iran than Missouri, where the bombers are based.

I think they write 30-tonne when it is 30,000 lbs (almost 15 ton). The biggest existing bunker-buster, the GBU-28 weighs 5,000 lbs, so six times this is 30,000 lbs .

However if the Iranians manage to sink an American aircraft carrier in retalitation, then everything is possible, including nukes.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet

by Melanchthon on Thu Oct 25th, 2007 at 12:19:32 PM EST

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