It is not known how many bunker-buster bombs
were used against Gaza but it seems reasonable to assume that the number could run into hundreds.
The sources report the Russians are using 500-kilogram BetAb-500 bunker-buster bombs
, designed to destroy deeply buried military facilities built with reinforced concrete, on civilian centres, including medical facilities.
"Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of air strikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker-buster bombs
, it added.
The command stores, distributes, produces, and demilitarizes small-, medium-, and large-caliber ammunition, ranging from the rounds used by all military services to the bunker-buster bombs
used by the Navy and Air Force.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, two former Obama administration officials urged for Israel to be provided with bunker-buster bombs
, in order to be able to make a credible threat against Iran if that country gets too close to developing a nuclear device.
e so-called bunker-buster bombs
have been laying waste to Gaza since the Israeli o!ensive - Operation Protective Edge - started last month, with schools, hospitals and ats reduced to rubble.
Israel, the US congressmen argued, could benefit from receiving "an appropriate number of GBU-57 30,000-pound bunker-buster bombs
, known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, or MOP," a weapon that would also require the delivery of bombers capable of carrying the weapon, such as the B-52 or the B-2.
The United Arab Emirates also is due to buy $4 billion worth of US weaponry, including bunker-buster bombs
, 300 SLAM-ERs and 1,200 JSOW missiles, under pending sales notified to Congress in September.
Yaalon is a passionate supporter of the theory that Iranian ungrounded facilities can in fact be penetrated by bunker-buster bombs
Also today in Tablet Magazine, expert Austin Long hypothesizes that Israel would take a route over northern Syria and Iraq, refueling midair, and strike all of Iran's known facilities with bunker-buster bombs
; and that it is plausible, if very far from certain, that the action would be a major success.
Were we hoping for an Osama bin Laden moment with bunker-buster bombs
eliminating the recalcitrant colonel?
The jets also dropped nine bunker-buster bombs
on government military installations on the western outskirts of the capital.
In preparation for an attack on Iran, bunker-buster bombs
are said to be arriving at the US base on the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
The US military used laser-guided bunker-buster bombs
during the 1990-91 Gulf War to destroy underground command centres in Iraq.
At the end of last year, America also refused to sell Israel advanced versions of its bunker-buster bombs
and downplayed Israel's show of air power over the Mediterranean.