Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


Natanz [Kashan]



Satellite Imagery of the Nantanz Enrichment Facility
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The Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Facility is located about 130 miles south of Tehran

This map shows the facility located about 24 miles south of city of Kashan and about 17 miles northwest of the town of Natanz.

This Landsat-7 image shows the facility in relation to the nearby town of Natanz. 7 September 2001 (Image Source: ESDI)

Even at 30-meter GSD, the plant is identifiable, if one knows what to look for.

A newly constructed 4.7 mile security perimeter has been added.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Overview of construction at Natanz as of 29 August 2002.(Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Natanz will be a hardened underground facility with layers of fill dirt and reinforced concrete.
29 August 2002.(Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

When completed, there will be no visible aboveground signature, complicating targeting with precision munitions.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Layers of fill dirt are being poured on the roof of the building to protect it from aerial attack.
29 August 2002.(Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Additional layers of reinforced concrete and fill dirt create a multi-layer sandwich designed to defeat conventional earth-penetrating precision munitions.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

The original uranium separation pilot plant, 6 buildings measuring over 120,000 square feet.
29 August 2002. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

No apparent change as of the summer of 2003.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Worker Housing complex, consisting of seven 10,000 square foot dormitories.
29 August 2002. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

A year later, 5 more dormitories are in various stages of construction.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Administration/Headquarters Building. 100,000 square feet.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)

Onsite concrete mixing facility.
8 June 2003. (Image Source: DigitalGlobe)



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