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    Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    The Israel Air Force used a new bunker-buster missile that it received recently from the United States in strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.

    Post's Yaakov Katz analyzes the IDF's next moves

    The missile, called GBU-39, was developed in recent years by the US as a small-diameter bomb for low-cost, high-precision and low collateral damage strikes.

    Israel received approval from Congress to purchase 1,000 units in September and.... IAF uses new US-supplied smart bomb | Israel | Jerusalem Post


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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

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    The Israel Air Force used a new bunker-buster missile that it received recently from the United States in strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.

    Post's Yaakov Katz analyzes the IDF's next moves

    The missile, called GBU-39, was developed in recent years by the US as a small-diameter bomb for low-cost, high-precision and low collateral damage strikes.

    Israel received approval from Congress to purchase 1,000 units in September and.... IAF uses new US-supplied smart bomb | Israel | Jerusalem Post

    If it's high precision then I'm all for it. The 21st century is no place for stupid age weapons like cluster bombs.
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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    If it's high precision then I'm all for it. The 21st century is no place for stupid age weapons like cluster bombs.
    Whatever. Cluster bombs are highly effective weapons that are both needed and should be in our inventory.
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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    If it's high precision then I'm all for it. The 21st century is no place for stupid age weapons like cluster bombs.
    Just another example of how Israel is doing its best to reduce civilian casualties.
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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    Just another example of how Israel is doing its best to reduce civilian casualties.
    not doing a good job of it though
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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    not doing a good job of it though
    They are doing an extremely good job. If Hamas continually hide amongst one of the most densely populated places on earth, the casualties thus far are minimal.

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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    not doing a good job of it though
    It would be impossible to completely eliminate civilian casualities. They are doing a lot - far more than they actually have to.
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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    If it's high precision then I'm all for it. The 21st century is no place for stupid age weapons like cluster bombs.
    Cluster bombs have there use in certain scenarios, though not in densely populated areas.

    - Dumb Bombs

    They were used to great affect in Desert Storm.

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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Whatever. Cluster bombs are highly effective weapons that are both needed and should be in our inventory.
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    Cluster bomb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Cluster munitions are opposed by many individuals and hundreds of groups, such as the Red Cross,[16] the Cluster Munition Coalition and the United Nations, because of the high number of civilians that have fallen victim to the weapon. Since February 2005, Handicap International called for cluster munitions to be prohibited and collected hundreds of thousands of signatures to support its call.[17] 98% of 13,306 recorded cluster munitions casualties that are registered with Handicap International are civilians, while 27% are children.[3]

    The area affected by a single cluster munition, known as its footprint, can be as large as two or three American football fields [18]. A single unguided M26 MLRS rocket can effectively cover an area of 0.23 km˛[4]. In US and most allied services, the M26 has been replaced by the M30 guided missile fired from the MLRS. The M30 has greater range and accuracy but a smaller area of coverage. It is worth noting that for reasons including both danger to civilians and changing tactical requirements, the non-cluster unitary warhead XM31 missile is, in many cases, replacing even the M30.

    Because of the weapon's broad area of effect, they have often been documented as striking both civilian and military objects in the target area. This characteristic of the weapon is particularly problematic for civilians when cluster munitions are used in or near populated areas and has been documented by research reports from groups such as Human Rights Watch,[19] Landmine Action, Mines Action Canada and Handicap International. In some cases, like the Zagreb rocket attack, civilians were deliberately targeted by such weapons. [20]
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    Re: Israel AF uses new US-supplied smart bomb

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    not doing a good job of it though
    By what measure?

    Meanwhile, Israel's enemies fight and immerse themselves among civilians. When Israel rightly attacks these terrorists it is Israel that is condemned.

    Simply amazing.

    The useful idiots is America and Europe are demonstrating that they have no will to fight and are revealing their distaste of democracy and preferences for totalitarianism.

    But this was it was during the Cold War, too. The useful idiots have just found a new partner is all...

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