The cleanest way of taking out the three big Iranian nuke facilities is ballistic missiles tipped with kinetic warheads. The US has developed these, so if – as is probable – the president is hamstrung by the Dems, he might help the Israelis deploy this capability.
A kinetic warhead uses energy to penetrate its target and an HE charge to destroy the interior. It’s easy to deliver, has no problems of violating airspace, risks no pilots, and kills only the enemy personnel working in the target area.
To deploy them the Israelis need 3 capabilities:
- A ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km.
- A 3 ton kinetic warhead.
- And an accuracy (Circular Error Probability, CEP) of about 10 meters.
The Israelis have the missile:
May 9, 2007: The long rumored Israeli Jericho 3 ballistic missile is apparently in production….
With a range of nearly 5,000 kilometers, the Jericho 3 can drop a nuke anywhere in the Middle East (and) is probably a 30 ton, solid fuel, three stage missile, with a half ton payload.
Their warhead is too light, but reducing the range to 2,000 km needed will allow a much bigger warhead.
But the CEP is probably over 100 meters (all that’s needed for thermonuclear warheads), so the Jericho 3 needs better guidance – either inertial and/or GPS.
So the administration should arrange for a covert transfer to the Israelis of the funding, technology, and components required to get the job done.
That way, the Mullahs’ nukes can be eliminated with minimal loss of life.