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BLU-109 bunker buster bomb aboard an USAF F-15E

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress that it intends to sell Israel some 6,900 tail kits which can turn “dumb” bombs into satellite-guided “smart bombs,” including bombs capable of penetrating hardened targets, Bloomberg Business Week reported.

Some of the hardened targets one would immediately think about are those underground nuclear plants the Iranian government has been so chatty about this past decade or so.

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According to BBW, the sale will includes 1,725 all-weather satellite-guided Joint Direct Attack Munition, or JDAM tail kits with BLU-109 bombs, which are 2,000-pound, hard-target penetrators.

Bombs delivered this way are among the most precise weapons in the U.S. and Israeli arsenal. They can be dropped by F-15 and F-16 fighter jets.

The BLU-109 is a so-called bunker buster, designed to “defeat an enemy’s most critical and hardened targets,” such as protected weapons storage sites, and penetrate as much as six feet of reinforced concrete, according to a U.S. Air Force fact sheet.

The BLU-109 has a steel casing about 1 inch thick, filled with 530 lb of Tritonal. It has a delayed-action tail-fuse.

The sale will replenish Israel’s inventory after the attacks on Arab terrorist enclaves in Gaza last month. During Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, Israeli forces carried out more than 1,000 attacks in Gaza

According to equities.com, the Government of Israel has requested a sale of 6,900 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits (which include 3,450 JDAM Anti-Jam KMU-556 (GBU-31) for MK-84 warheads; 1,725 KMU-557 (GBU-31) for BLU-109 warheads and 1,725 KMU-572 (GBU-38) for MK-82 warheads); 3,450 MK-84 2000 lb General Purpose Bombs; 1,725 MK-82 500 lb General Purpose Bombs; 1,725 BLU-109 Bombs; 3,450 GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs; 11,500 FMU-139 Fuses; 11,500 FMU-143 Fuses; and 11,500 FMU-152 Fuses.

Also included are spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and technical support, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $647 million.

Worth every penny.

According to the Pentagon, the proposed sale of munitions will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

That’s good.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. This is a request that has been standing since 2009. This is not just for use against Iran, but also for use against other regional actors which may be in deep bunkers or tunnel systems, e.g., Hamas' HQ is in a tunnel system sprouting out from underneath the largest, busiest hospital in Gaza. These bombs might cripple the tunnel system without blowing up the hospital. The BLU109's may not be the deepest penetrating bunker busters in the Pentagon's arsenal, however. Hence, they may not be effective against all of Iran's centrifuge sites.

  2. Mr. Obama is serious about helping Israell? Please. That's non-Kosher baloney: Obama "seriously" despises Jews and has held Israel back from preemptive attacks on their clearest enemy, exposing Israel to Iranian nuclear threats.

    Mr. Obama has more in common with Al Sharpton and his "serious" love of Jews than he has common cause with Israel.

  3. If he "seriously" despises Jews how come he has had two as his White House Chief of Staff, appointed them to numerous other high positions in the Executive Branch including the Cabinet, and to the Supreme Court, helped to fund Iron Dome, increased US-Israeli military cooperation, defended the Gaza blockade, and and defended Israel 100% during the recent Gaza war?

  4. Steve Brown, you are serious wrong! Obama owes his entire political being to Jews and is the irst president to hold a sedar in the White House. He has gone out of his way to continuously tell Jews that he stands with Israel and will defend them. The nonsense that he is an anti-semite is tottaly wrong and you should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking about it!

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