Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Battle Plan

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Battle Plan

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THE BOMBS AND MISSILES

Among the ordnance available to allies are:

TOMAHAWK - cruise missile skims ground up to 1,000 miles range; latest version can be redirected in midflight

E-BOMB - 'melts' computers and communications - and BLACKOUT BOMB, which 'shorts' electricity supply

STORM SHADOW -RAF's first precision cruise missile, just entering service, carried by Tornado GR4s

JDAM - a u15,000 kit that transforms a dumb bomb into a precision weapon guided by Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) MOAB -Massive Ordnance Air Burst' - 21,000lb highexplosive bomb with devastating power

CLUSTER BOMB - canister of 'bomblets' which breaks open in mid-air above enemy troops

1 BOMBARDMENT

Tomahawk cruise missiles fired from US and Royal Navy warships and submarines stationed in Gulf and Red Sea will signal that war has begun

'Shock and awe' campaign involves firing 3,000 projectiles (bombs and missiles) in first two days. Targets: barracks and other military sites, airfields, Iraqi troops dug in around Baghdad and strategic sites such as presidential palaces * Planes include US B-52s and B-2 " batwinged" Stealth bombers flying from Diego Garcia; F-117 Stealth bombers and A-10 "tank-busters"; British Tornado GR4s and Harrier GR7s flying from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other secret airbases in region * 80% of all bombs 'smart' compared with 10% in first Gulf War

Aim: to destroy military installations and communications; to terrify Iraqi regular soldiers into surrender; to begin process of flushing out Saddam himself

2 ARMOURED INVASION

Massive armoured force, with battle tanks and armoured vehicles, is preparing to break in from Kuwait. British 7th Armoured Brigade (the 'Desert Rats'), specially augmented to 15,000 men for this campaign, will be in the advance.

Main force is US 3rd Mechanised Infantry Division * Desert Rats have Challenger 2 tanks - superior to Challenger I used in first Gulf War - and Warrior fighting vehicles. …

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