Inevitably coming soon: The execution of an Israeli war plan.
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There weren’t enough of them, and they knew it. The 25 F-15s and 40 F-16s were ordered to attack Iran twice in one day. The F-16s would attack the Great Prophet 6 command center as well as nearby missile launch and storage facilities following close behind the cruise missiles, and then recon for a bomb damage assessment.
The F-15s were doing the heavy lifting in the most literal sense. Seven of them were carrying 5,000-pound bunker busters and headed to Qom, some for the longest flight, south to the nuclear facility at Bushehr, and the rest headed to Natanz.
A second wave of F-16s was in flight a half hour behind them, targeting the remaining IRGC regional command centers, air bases, and missile launch facilities that would already have been hit with cruise missiles. While that was under way, the first wave would return to Israel and rearm for a third attack.
The pilots had a lot to cope with. Fuel management was the biggest worry. But the minimized radio chatter all had to be in coded Arabic and Russian phrases they’d studied for months and were now lying along their left legs, written out in bold print. Being pilots, they’d added a few of their own phrases — graphically sexual — in Russian.
The F-15s, divided into two operational wings, were all in the air. They’d refueled over the eastern Mediterranean and were now cruising at 35,000 feet, conserving fuel, headed to their targets. Half were flying along the northern border of Iraq, skirting Syria.
Each flight was accompanied by two F-16s fitted with radar jamming equipment and air-to-air missiles. As they flew along, their passive sensors beeped weakly from time to time. Unit 8200 was doing its job, hacking into air defenses along the way, letting them pass undetected. The jammers remained quiet. They would be used only closer to the targets and on the return leg.
“But can they counterattack?”
“Are we going to sound the air raid alarms or not?
“How can we not? Thousands will die if we don’t get the people underground. What about their chemical weapons?”
Netanyahu raised his hands, trying in vain to quell the Security Cabinet’s meltdown. Finally, he threw his chair back with a crash, shouting, “Enough!”
He looked over to his intel chief. “Amos, please tell us — quietly — what we know and what we don’t.”
Yadlin stood. “TecSAR — with the synthetic aperture radar — indicates that Qom has been penetrated and its dome is mostly collapsed. We don’t know how extensive the internal damage is. Natanz and Bushehr are heavily damaged, as indicated by the digital photos transmitted by the F-16s.
“The cruise missile attack and the first attacks on 10 of the IRGC regional command centers, including the central Great Prophet 6 command center, have inflicted significant damage. All but two of their operational runways have been heavily damaged, and none of their air forces or naval aircraft that weren’t in the air before our attack should be able to take off. Those in the air already may not be able to land except at civilian airfields where they won’t be able to rearm.
“The Ofeq satellites and TecSAR show some activity in and around the missile launch sites, but we can’t tell if they are able to rearm and launch any missiles yet. Even if they can, the F-15s will have returned in another hour and will begin preparations for the third attack. They will destroy the remaining Iranian air forces. Meanwhile, it will take the Iranians at least seven hours to retrieve undamaged missile launchers, load them, and target the missiles to reach us. Before then, the third attack will be reaching them, and we still have 11 cruise missiles left on the submarines.
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