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Periscope Daily Defense News Capsules March 12, 2003

USA - MOAB MAKES EXPLOSIVE DEBUT MAR 12/CBS.

CBS NEWS -- The Pentagon successfully tested a new 21,000-pound conventional bomb near Pensacola, Fla., yesterday, hoping to rattle the nerves of Iraq, CBS News reports.

The military released a video of the test quickly, which some analysts believe was intended as a warning to the Iraqi military of what they could face in a war with the U.S.

The Air Force has not specified how the bomb, known as the MOAB (massive ordnance airburst bomb), would be used in combat. John Pike, a defense analyst with GlobalSecurity.org, said it could be effective against Republican Guard armored formations or even on Saddam's palaces.

For more information on the MOAB, see Periscope's record at:

http://www.periscope.ucg.com/weapons/missrock/landatk/w0003563.html


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