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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Natanz Nuclear Facility Sabotage

Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Facility, Iran
EXCLUSIVE: Mossad recruited top Iranian scientists to blow up key nuclear facility - The Jewish Chronicle
When I reported about this eight months ago, I speculated that the damage was either due to stupidity, sabotage or Israel. Turns out it was the last two. It was a impressively complex operation. Attacks were carried out on three or four sites simultaneously using a variety of methods including a take-apart drone firing missiles.

People are setting up quadcopter drones to deliver all kinds of mayhem like arming them with machine guns or turning them into suicide drones by arming them with bombs. Missiles are another matter. Large winged drones often carry missiles, but not too many quadcopters. I did find this picture of one from Ukraine:

Matrix UAV Demon drone. Image Credit: Matrix UAV

Technically it is carrying an RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade), not a missile, but that might be what they used. Missiles can be heavy. A Hellfire missile weighs a hundred pounds and a Sidewinder weighs close to 200. It would take a substantial quadcopter to lift that big a payload.

Natanz Nuclear Facility

I wanted to see what this place looked like, but when I pulled up Google Maps, I found that the 3D view button was missing. Also, when you zoom out far enough to see whole continent, you will notice that the map projection they are using has changed. And they didn't even ask me, the dogs. To get the 3D view, you need to use Google Earth. Natanz is roughly 150 miles south of Tehran.


xoxoxoBruce said...

I object to people/companies behaving badly being called dogs.
They should be called cats, and dogs reserved for good behavior.

Chuck Pergiel said...

I did a little checking. Quora has a bunch of questions and answers about the term dog. Near as I can tell, dogs have certain characteristics that make them good dogs, but people with those characteristics are not necessarily good people. It's also a term used between good friends, perhaps because you know them well enough to know that their good behavior is only a facade and underneath they are an animal just like everyone else. Cats are aliens and can't be compared to people.