September 16, 2008
The US Defense Department has notified Congress of plans to sell 1,000 bunker-buster bombs to Israel in a deal worth 77 million dollars.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the possible arms sale of the GBU-39 small diameter smart bombs on its website. The deal still requires approval from Congress.
The bombs, which are touted as more precise than larger munitions, have the capacity to penetrate 1.8 meters (six feet) of reinforced concrete and carry a 50 percent probability of reaching a target within five meters.
According to the Jerusalem Post, the bombs could help Israel in a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear sites, some of which are protected by bunker-like structures.
Last month, Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that his country will never accept Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability and refused to rule out “any options.”