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[infowar.de] Independent 15.12.02: Hi-tech arms 'would finish war in a week'
Doch etwas widersprüchlich, dieses ganze miliärische Prognosewesen.
Einerseits glaubt man an die fraglos verhandene gewaltige
militärtechnologische Überlegenheit, andererseits befüchtet man (wovon hier
in diesem Artikel wieder nichts steht) sich bei urban warfare eine blutige
Nase holen zu können. Zu den EMP-Waffen heißt es hier, diese seien
"untested", was ich nicht so sehe.
Hi-tech arms 'would finish war in a week'
By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
15 December 2002
The American weaponry likely to be deployed in any military strike against
Iraq is so advanced and hi-tech that some was not even ready to be used in
the operation in Afghanistan just 12 months ago.
With an armoury including satellite imagery that can distinguish a tank
from a bus, even through thick cloud, to microwave bombs that can destroy
electrical and computer systems without hurting civilians, military
planners preparing for war are confident that any strike would be completed
in little more than a week.
"The first Gulf War was fought like the Second World War, with air
dominance pounding their defences, softening up the forces and then going
in," said Daniel Gouré, a military analyst with the Washington-based
Lexington Institute think tank. "This will be speedier, more precise an
effects-based operation. It will be much more surgical, both in the use of
explosive force and in the overall operation."
While the present emphasis is on securing the evidence America would need
to go to war the UN wants a list of Iraqi scientists linked to arms
programmes by the end of the month and is stepping up the pace of
inspection, swooping on 11 sites yesterday analysts agree that America's
military dominance will ensure any assault on Iraq is brief.
Among the weapons Mr Gouré and others highlight are satellite-guided smart
bombs known as Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs). While a number of
these were used in Afghanistan, many more are likely to be deployed in Iraq.
The smart bombs available have also been upgraded. The GBU-28
"bunker-busters" have been upgraded by the BLU-31. Designed to penetrate
hardened underground facilities, these have also been equipped with a new
device called the hard-target smart fuse, which allows the bomb to "count"
how many floors it needs to penetrate before detonating. A new category of
bomb is the thermobaric device only one was used in Afghanistan, and
missed its target which can penetrate indoor or underground spaces and
then set off a blast of heat and pressure strong enough to destroy
biological agents such as anthrax or smallpox.
One weapon that is completely untested in battle is the microwave bomb,
which British and US experts have been working on for several years.
Exploding in mid-air, these bombs release pulses of magnetic energy that
seek out electrical systems and computers and burn them out even if they
are buried underground. These can also be used to create a fizzing
sensation on a person's skin something US law enforcement agencies have
been testing for crowd control.
Chris Hellman, a senior analyst with the Centre for Defence Studies, said:
"If it's available and we get into a situation where we are looking at
urban warfare, it will definitely be used. They may not be man-portable,
but having them on the back of a truck would not be a problem."
Other new or updated weapons include an improved battle tank, the Abrams MI
A2, the Apache Longbow helicopter and a high-altitude version of the
unmanned Pred- ator drone, which can be used to carry satellite
surveillance equipment or Hellfire missiles. Another is the Stryker, an
armoured fighting vehicle offering great manoeuvrability. Planners believe
it could be so important that unlike the recent campaigns in Kosovo and
Afghanistan ground forces could play as important a role as bombers.
John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, another research group, believes
the supremacy of US technology will mean any military operation will last
little longer than a week.
"I think when this war is written up it will emerge as the re-emergence of
the importance of land power," he said.
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