Pentagon Approves to Sell Around $700 Million of Smart Bombs to Turkey

BLU-109 bunker-busting bombs. (Source: Hurriyet Daily News)
BLU-109 bunker-busting bombs. (Source: Hurriyet Daily News)

BLU-109 bunker-busting bombs. (Source: Hurriyet Daily News)

WASHINGTON(Hurriyet Daily News) — The Pentagon has approved a deal to sell $682.9 million worth of an unspecified quantity of smart bombs to Turkey through a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) scheme, defensenews.com has reported.

The Pentagon awarded the contract to Ellwood National Forge and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems for the sale of BLU-109 bunker-busting bombs and components.

Clashes between the Turkish military and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) resumed in July 2015 after a two-year-long cease-fire, which had come following intense clashes since the mid-1980s between the two parties. Turkish fighter jets have routinely bombed the strongholds of the PKK in northern Iraq, also known as Kandil.

This is the first reported sale of BLU-109 bombs to Turkey. Turkish officials expect deliveries to be completed by 2020.

“The deal was timely as we are deeply engaged in asymmetrical warfare and need smart bombs,” one Turkish military official was quoted as saying by the website.

BLU-109s have been in the Pentagon’s inventory since 1985 and are reported to have been used on fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was mated to a laser-guided system during operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991.

The bomb contains 550 pounds of high explosive Tritonal, a combination of 80 percent TNT and 20 percent aluminum powder. The BLU-109’s tail fuse delays the bomb’s detonation until the bomb has penetrated the targeted bunker, ensuring complete destruction of the location.

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  1. Vindicated Man said:

    Selling bombs? Who will use them, those flying bashi-bouzouks? This is dangerous, because they aren’t piliots, they are unprofessional and unethical people who happen to know how to operate military planes. This was proven one more time with the SU-24 bomber incident. There was no reason absolutely in shooting that plane down.

    Turkey is too far from how it’s presented to the worlds. It’s not a democracy, it’s a de-facto fascist regime that is disguosed as a democracy.

    Who will give orders to use those bombs? Leaders like Mr Erdogan? Give me a break.

  2. Norin said:

    Poor Kurds , the Us is holding one of their hands and holding down the other hand for Turkey to chop off. Classic 20th century western diplomacy in action.

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