Israel's New Battlefield Tech - Suicide Drones & Drone Swarms
PNW - The reported June 23 blast that rocked a building linked to Iran's nuclear program in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, appears to have disrupted the ability of the Islamic Republic to feed key nuclear program sites with new centrifuges.
According to international media reports, an explosive suicide drone slammed into the building last month. Iran later confirmed that the site is state-owned.
Hours after the incident, Iranian state media claimed that security forces were able to foil "an act of sabotage" against a building belonging to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and that there were no casualties or damage.
On Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency quoted Iranian cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei as accusing Israel of being behind the attack. Rabiei claimed the attack was designed to torpedo ongoing nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and world powers in Vienna.
"Whatever sabotage has happened, our strength has increased," he said, seemingly contradicting earlier Iranian claims that the attack caused no damage.
Jonathan Ruhe, director of foreign policy at the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA), told JNS that the blast looks like it was designed to "disrupt centrifuge supply lines for both Natanz and Fordow [Iran's two main uranium enrichment sites]."
He added that "unlike Iran's declared nuclear facilities, where activities were regularly included in IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] reports, relatively little is publicly known about this facility in Karaj, other than it being part of the centrifuge supply chain for Iran's uranium enrichment program at Natanz and Fordow."
Any successful strike against the Iranian nuclear program's centrifuge supply chain would need to "appreciably delay one of Iran's key nuclear ambitions," said Ruhe, listing this as the ability "to replace its existing enrichment workhorse--the rudimentary IR-1 centrifuge--with much more productive models like the IR-2m, IR-6 and IR-8 that could ramp up enrichment capability very quickly."
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