August 27, 2007

Smart Bomb


From FOX News: Iran Vows to Use 'Smart' Bomb Against Enemies.

Iran vowed Sunday to use a new 2,000-pound "smart" bomb against its enemies and unveiled mass production of the new weapon, state television reported.

The government first announced development of the long-range guided bomb Thursday, saying it could be deployed by the country's aging U.S.-made F-4 and F-5 fighter jets.

"We will use these (bombs) against our enemies when the time comes," Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said on state television Sunday.

Iran often announces new weapons for its arsenal, but the United States maintains that while the Islamic Republic has made some strides, many of these statements are exaggerations.

The broadcast included a brief clip of a fighter jet apparently dropping one of the bombs, which destroyed a target on the ground.

The defense minister continued his threats as state television showed him unveiling a mass production line for the weapon in Tehran. ...

Emanuel Winston, a Middle East analyst at the Houston-based Freeman Center for Strategic Studies, said Thursday that Iran's smart bomb claim sounded "plausible" but said that it would be less dangerous than a missile development program given the limited range of the country's aircraft.

Militarizing donkeys is not all that farfetched -- see here and here.

UPDATE -- Sept. 3: From Double Tap Blog: Iran very proud of its copy of an obsolete U.S. guided bomb. (via Boaz Arad)

Posted by Forkum at August 27, 2007 02:25 PM