The official said the warplanes used GBU-28
missiles and other types of bunker buster bombs in their air attacks on the residential quarters of the capital Sanaa this morning.
The United States is likely to offer Saudi Arabia its advanced GBU-28
bunker buster bombs -- so far only provided to Israel -- as Washington seeks to beef up Saudi Arabia's ability to lead Gulf countries in defending themselves against Iranian moves in the region.
It is generally agreed that any attempt to destroy the hardened and well-defended Iranian nuclear sites would require use of the United States-provided GBU-28
, a five thousand-pound laser-guided smart bomb that can be directed to the target.
The F-15Is could carry one GBU-28
each, a 5,000 pound bunker-busting bomb thought to have the ability to penetrate defenses at Natanz.
Fifty-five US-made bunker-busters, designated GBU-28
Hard Target Penetrators, were secretly delivered to Israel in 2009.
Tambien se usaron las entonces nuevas bombas antibunker GBU-28
, capaces de atravesar 30 metros de hormigon armado antes de estallar.
Israel has reportedly bought 600 GBU-27 and GBU-28
precision bombs from the United States.
"bunker-busting" bomb available to the Israelis; whereas such a weapon would have little if any effect on deep tunnels other than to wreck entrances (and even this risk can easily be countered by dummy entrances and other technical tricks).
During a review of Technical Order 11-1-38, Positioning and Tie-Down Procedures of Nonnuclear Munitions, SrA Glaze identified safety deficiencies in the current positioning and tie-down procedures for the GBU-28
on the MHU-226 trailer posing the potential for a catastrophic weapons incident.
Research indicates that EDO MBM/ITT manufactures vital parts for Israeli weapons systems -- notably Hellfire missiles and GBU-28
laser guided missiles.
According to AFP, military experts believe the GBU-28
"bunker busters" Israel had requested could be effective against Tehran's underground uranium enrichment facility at Natanz in central Iran.
Raytheon will add modules that decode encrypted satellite guidance coordinates to 279 GBU-28
Paveway III laser-guided bomb units and modify 279 air-foil components to fit BLU-113 penetrating warheads.