Iran Very Close To Gaining Nuke And Arab States Are Arming Themselves To The Teeth In Preparation To Face Iran
Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings which was reported by CBS. Saudi Arabia is not standing by, you have the large demand by Saudi Arabia, The Gulf States and Turkey to provide smart weapons to be shipped rapidly which exceeds US industry’s current capacity. What do these Arab states need thousands of sophisticated precision-guided munitions which includes the notorious BLU-109 penetrator warheads for the 2,000 lb-class weapons?
The US has cleared a sale of more than 19,000 smart bombs for Saudi Arabia, a week after key allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) raised concerns over an excuse of dwindling supplies of weapons.
Congress has 30 days to block the sale but is unlikely. If cleared by Congress, the sale, which could be worth up to $1.29 billion, would provide a wave of advanced munitions to a Saudi military. The claim for such a huge purchase is that Saudi Arabia has been conducting airstrikes in Syria and Yemen for several months. However, there is no way that the Saudis need major bunker busters to kill ISIS’s scattered Jihadis or Yemeni Houthis on the battle ground. For example, Saudi Arabia is purchasing 12,000 general purpose bombs weighing between 500 and 2,000 pounds from which 1,500 are the devastating type: 2,000-pound “bunker busters,” the BLU-109 penetrator.
What is missing in the deal for Saudi Arabia is the GBU-28 or the GBU-43 MOAB, which can penetrate underground fortifications (60 feet of concrete). Is this likely to deal with Iran’s nuclear facilities?
However, Israel got the GBU-28 which was supplied in secret to Israel in 2009, reversing a long-standing American refusal to sell the weapons to Jerusalem. If Saudi Arabia secures Israeli assistance, the 5,000-pound laser-guided bombs could be used in a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, though analysts say the weapon would be too small to take out Iran’s Fordo nuclear site which is buried under 300 feet of rock. The Pentagon has been testing a 30,000 pound bunker-buster which could reportedly penetrate Fordo, but the Obama administration has refused to sell the weapon to Israel and is not on the Saudi deal.