Defence report says Israeli 'air strike won't be able to destroy Iran nuke programme'

   Apr 9, 2:58 pm

London, Apr 9 (ANI): An Israeli air strike would not be able to destroy Iran's nuclear programme with its current airforce, an influential defence report has concluded.

The authoritative military journal Jane's Defence Weekly claimed that Israeli military planners' options are restricted to high risk choices, such as a long range missile bombardment from Israel or a special forces raid involving troops attack facilities on the ground.

The report also cast doubts on Israel's ability to mount a successful operation saying it would face 'substantial difficulties,' The Telegraph reports.

"The significant distances involved and hardened features of Iran's nuclear facilities make any 'massive surprise' aerial attack a very high-risk operation for Israel to undertake on its own," the journal concluded.

Senior Israeli officials have warned the country is prepared to take unilateral action to stop Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb.

Experts, however, believe, it would be extremely difficult for any nation to attack Iran's underground nuclear sites.

"This is not going to be one strike and they are out, not like Syria or Iraq where facilities were not underground, it is much harder than that," the paper quoted Malcolm Chalmers of the Royal United Services Institute, as saying.

According to the paper, a former Special Air Service (SAS) commander pointed out that any attack on Iran's nuclear facility would be 'risky'.

"I wouldn't say it was impossible but I would be very surprised if they tried to do it, it would be pretty high risk," he said.

He further said the raid, which would probably involve the equivalent of a squadron, around 60 men, would only be able to target one facility, potentially the uranium enrichment site at Fordow which is under a mountain and difficult to hit from the air. (ANI)

Protecting nature, planet India's priority: PM Modi Nov 30, 9:18 pm
Paris, Nov. 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India's priority is to protect the planet and the nature and it hopes to achieve that.
Full Story
India pavilion will show our commitment to control climate change, says Javadekar Nov 30, 9:18 pm
Paris, Nov.30 (ANI): Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Monday reiterated India's commitment to control climate change and said India pavilion will show the country's diversity and give a correct impression of India to the world.
Full Story
PM Modi meets world leaders on sidelines of Paris Summit Nov 30, 7:41 pm
Paris, Nov. 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday met world leaders on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties or COP21 in Paris.
Full Story
World must act with urgency to tackle climate change: PM Modi Nov 30, 6:58 pm
Paris, Nov.30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the world to act with urgency to tackle climate change and said India is facing the consequences of climate change, which is a result of global warming that came from prosperity and progress in an industrial age powered by fossil fuel.
Full Story