September 7, 2012
Washington D.C. foreign policy think tank the Center For Strategic & International Studies took a long hard look at what it really means to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions, what it would take, and what it could lead to in a report released yesterday.
The speculation that Israel can go it alone against Tehran remains, but the specifics of what’s required by a US attack to put the nuclear program in the dust is outlined in detail. At least 16 F-18s, and 10 B-2 bombers carrying 30,000 pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator bombs, would initially be required by US forces.
Iran’s retaliation would be another story entirely with a massive incoming missile salvo directed about the entire region. When that happens a full Ballistic Missile War could ensue with untold US space, air, sea, and land elements coming into play.
Some illustrations of the possible outcomes are below.
10 B-2 Bombers and at least 16 F-18s would go in after Iran’s air defenses were as neutralized as possible
Whatever Iranian launch sites remain will respond in force
And if a full-blown missile war begins it could look something like this
This article first appeared on Business Insider