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An Israeli raid on Iran, with American Weapons

Ehud Eilam presents a scenario in with the IAF attacks Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, using American B-52 Stratofortress bombers and MOP bombs.

Iran and major powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks. If the talks end without an agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program, or if Iran breaches it in the future and tries to produce nuclear weapon, the United States should consider attacking Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. In case the United States does not go through with that, Israel should be allowed, officially or not, to accomplish this task.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has been preparing and training for more than a decade to attack Iran. The Israeli task force would include various aircraft, for command and control, air refueling and mostly fighter-bombers: F-15I and F-16I.

The IAF has bunker buster bombs such as the GBU-28, and it might receive the 700 BLU-109. However, those bombs might not be able to penetrate Iran’s highly protected nuclear sites such as the one in Fordo. For this mission, the IAF requires the GBU-57A/B Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP), a massive American bomb. On 3 April 2015, the Pentagon announced it had upgraded the MOP – information that was shared with Israel. The latter should independently get the bomb. Michael Crowley analyzed the performance of that bomb in his article “Plan B for Iran”.

Furthermore, Israel’s fighter-bombers aircraft are too small to carry the MOP. The United States could give its Israeli ally the B-52 Stratofortress bombers, capable of carrying up to 32,000 kg of weapons. David Deptula and Michael Makovsky examined how MOPs and B-52s could be delivered to Israel, in their article “Sending a bunker baster message to Iran”.


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