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Pentagon is stepping up efforts to make a bomb capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities, the Wall Street Journal said on Saturday referring to U.S. officials briefed on the plan.
“The 30,000-pound [13,600 kilograms] "bunker-buster" bomb, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), was specifically designed to take out the hardened fortifications built by Iran and North Korea to cloak their nuclear programs,” the daily said.
But initial tests indicated that the bomb, as currently configured, would not be capable of destroying some of Iran's facilities, either because of their depth or because Tehran has added new fortifications to protect them, the paper noted.
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said more development work would be done and that he expected the bomb to be ready to take on the deepest bunkers soon. "We're still trying to develop them," Mr. Panetta said.
U.S. Officials say new money was meant to ensure the weapon would be more effective against the deepest bunkers, including Iran's Fordow enrichment plant facility.
Fordow is buried in a mountain complex in Iran surrounded by antiaircraft batteries, which makes it a very difficult target for air strikes.
In early January, Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said Frodow is safe from any kinds of threat by the enemies.
Tehran said it began the project in 2007, but the IAEA believes design work started in 2006.
The existence of the facility only came to light after it was identified by Western intelligence agencies in September 2009.
Paradoxically this news provide to us much more informations about the type of hypothetical intervention planned by part of USA than the technical improvement wanted.
The employment of a similar weapon would ,in facts, forcedly include the involvement of carrying platforms or way too vulnerable (as C-130) or way too crucial and precious (like B-2) to risk them in a single mission aimed merely at destroy some of the Iranian supposed hardened military nuclear structures, moreover for an eventual not saturated Tor-M1E battery at defence of the site a MOB would be super easy target ,one against which the PK would be practically 100% .
From those data appear clear that USA plan a full scale air intervention against Iran, with several preliminary SEAD and DEAD missions before a similar weapons could be effectively employed .
For USAF,obviously the problems linked to a similar operation against iranian facilities would be immensely inferior to those linked to an insulated Israeli intervention.
Naturally even for USA the most important factor for an efficent intervention would be TIMELINESS , in facts the implementation in Iranian hardened facilities of some of theirs monstrous new type of reinforced concrete (which someone at US DoD think to have been extensively "aided" by Russian startegic silos experts...) that theirs scientists had showed some years ago could prevent anything, except an high yield concentrated nuclear attack ,to cause any damage to theirs most crucial hardened nuclear facilities; even the improved MOB would become at this point totally worthless.
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