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How Israel might strike at Iran- Analysis by BBC diplomatic Coorespondent

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Fahari MJ, Feb 29, 2012.

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    Fahari MJ JF-Expert Member

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    Kwa wale wanaopenda kufatilia kwa karibu Issue za mahsariki ya kati huu ni uchambuzi wa mwandishi-mtaalama wa "kidplomasia" (nadhani ni mtaalam wa intelijensia) anayoeleza kivipi mashambulizi ya ieshi yanaweza kufanyika kutoka israel kwenda Iran

    For all the myriad challenges facing Israel over the past decade it is the potential threat from a nuclear-armed Iran that has preoccupied the country's military planners.

    It is this that in large part has guided the development of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) over recent years. The IAF has purchased 125 advanced F-15I and F-16I warplanes, equipped with Israeli avionics and additional fuel tanks - tailor-made for long-range strike missions. In addition, Israel has bought specialised bunker-busting munitions; developed large, long-endurance, unmanned aircraft; and much of its training has focused on long-range missions.

    Israel has a track-record of pre-emptive strikes against nuclear targets In June 1981, Israeli jets bombed the Osirak reactor near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

    More recently, in September 2007, Israeli warplanes attacked a facility in Syria that Israel, the US and many experts believed was a nuclear reactor under construction. However, a potential strike against Iran would be nothing like the attacks in Iraq and Syria. These were both against single targets, located above ground, and came literally out of the blue. An Israeli attempt to severely damage Iran's nuclear programme would have to cope with a variety of problems, including range, the multiplicity of targets, and the nature of those targets. Many of these problems are daunting in themselves, but when put together, they only compound the difficulties facing Israeli military planners.

    How to get there?

    For a start it is a very long way from Israel to Iran. As a rough estimate many of the potential targets are some 1,500km (930 miles) to 1,800km (1,120 miles) from Israeli bases. Israeli warplanes have to get to Iran and, equally important, get back.

    At least three routes are possible.

    • There is the northern one where Israeli jets would fly north and then east along the borders between Turkey and Syria, and then Turkey and Iraq
    • The central, more likely route would take Israeli warplanes over Iraq. With the US military gone, the Iraqi authorities are far less able to monitor and control their air space, effectively opening a door to an Israeli incursion
    • The third, southern route would take Israeli jets over Saudi air space. Would the Saudis turn a blind eye to such a move given their own concerns about Iran's nuclear programme? Could this route be used by Israeli aircraft on the return leg of their journey? We just do not know

    What we do know, given the range, is that Israeli aircraft will have to be topped up with fuel en route.
    Douglas Barrie, senior fellow for military aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, says that "air-to-air refuelling will be critical".

    "Israeli aircraft," he says, "need not just to get in and out of Iranian air space; they need to have enough fuel to provide time over their targets and they need sufficient fuel to cover any contingencies that might arise during the mission."
    The initial tanking, Mr Barrie says, might be done over the Mediterranean or even in Israeli airspace. "One option," he notes, "would be to take off with a full bomb load and drop tanks containing additional fuel; to climb to cruising altitude and then at this point to replenish their tanks, before setting course for their targets in Iran."
    Israel is believed to have between eight and 10 large tankers based on the commercial Boeing 707 airframe, but experts believe that tanking capacity will prove one of the limiting factors in the scope of any operation.

    What targets to hit?

    The problems of range, the nature of some of the targets, and the availability of tanker aircraft will determine the nature and scope of any Israeli operation.

    Douglas Barrie, of the IISS, says that "Israeli planners will be looking for where they can do most damage with the limited number of platforms at their disposal". "They'll be asking where the main choke points are in the Iranian programme. Clearly, striking enrichment facilities makes a lot of sense from a military point of view," he adds.

    So the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz, south of Tehran, and Fordo, near the holy city of Qom, would almost certainly be prominent on the target list.

    The heavy-water production plant and heavy-water reactor under construction at Arak, in the west, might also figure, as would the uranium conversion facility at Isfahan.It is unclear whether Israel would have the capacity to strike a range of other targets associated with Iran's missile programmes and explosives testin

    But this target list raises another set of problems. The enrichment facilities at Natanz are underground and the new plant at Fordo is buried deeply into the side of a mountain.

    Can Israel destroy buried targets?

    endelea mwenyewe kusma kutoka BBC News - Analysis: How Israel might strike at Iran
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    Ngoja tuone kifuatacho itv.
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    Fahari MJ JF-Expert Member

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    Zaidi ya mada kuu tunaona wenzetu wallivyo na specialisation. Hapa kwetu Muandishi huyo huyo atayemkosoa Sera za Uchumi za kikwete au mapungufu ya CDM na CUF liasiasa baada ya wiki anakuwa Kinara wa kuandika makala ya Ugonjwa na uchambuzi wa afya ya mwakyembe.

    Hivi kwenye vyombo vyetu vya habari am TBC kuna idara kama za Siasa , Sayansi na Tekonolijia, Ulinzi na Usalama. Mambo ya uchumi na fedha , Michezo etc
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    just a matter of time,hii ambush inakuja soon na damage itakuwa kubwa kuliko,hizi propaganda za kina Baghdad Bob wa Iran najua hazitaisha lakini moto watauona,na wakijidai kufunga straight of hormutz ndio utakuwa mwisho wa Navy yao watakayoikuta chini ya bahari kama nyumba za samaki,airforce imejaa old russian tech then unataka kupambana na B-52 or F 15 wapi na wapi? na with **** navy then unatishia aircraft carrier with tomahawk missiles,Ron Paul said it better hakuna haja ya kujisumbua na Iran acha waanze vita wenyewe...Iran wamezungukwa na 45 american bases sijui kwanini wanaleta kelele za nuclear na kutaka kuwasafisha Israel?
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    Nahamu sana hawa Iran wapewe mkong'oto wa Nguvu ziwaishe ngebe zao. Wewe subiri tu.
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    m_kishuri JF-Expert Member

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    Tusubiri tu, hapo hapigwi mtu.... Achana na hao political Pundits. Hawana lolote.
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    Jasusi JF-Expert Member

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    It really is an unfair world. Marekani na Israel wana silaha za nuclear. Actually Marekani is the only country in the world to have ever used such on a people. Leo wanathubutuje kuwa waamuzi kuwa nani anayestahili kuwa nazo na nani asiyestahili?
    Huu ni umabavu uliokithiri. I just hope the Israelis get their faces in the mud when they attack Iran.
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    Ally Kombo Verified User

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    Mzee umo kwenye 'joint chief of staff' ya IAF ! Hongera!
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    Ally Kombo Verified User

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    Marekani taifa la kwanza kumiliki na kutumia silaha za maangamizi ! Wakifvatiwa na wazayuni.

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    Isrsael must clear off IRAN.