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Thursday, April 28, 2005
  Israel to Iran: Soon
Haaretz - Israel News: "The Pentagon notified Congress on Tuesday of a proposed sale to Israel of 100 guided bunker-busting bombs, a weapon which would significantly upgrade the Israel Air Force's offensive operational capability and one which analysts said could prompt concerns about a unilateral Israeli strike against Iran.

In a notice required by law for government-to-government military sales, the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Israel had requested the sale of the Lockheed Martin Corp. GBU-28s, worth as much as $30 million.

The GBU-28 was developed for penetrating hardened command centers located deep underground and would be used by the Israeli Air Force on their U.S.-built F-15 aircraft, the agency said.

Experiments have shown the two-ton bomb capable of penetrating as deep as 30 meters below the ground surface or a six meter-thick cement wall. The laser-guided bomb was originally developed during the first Gulf war, when it was first put in action.

Israel has denied speculation that it might make a military strike on Iran to prevent it from producing an atomic bomb."
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