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Subject: IRAQI'S BW MISSION PLANNING
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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
WARNING: INFORMATION REPORT, NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE.
DIST:          1992
COUNTRY:  IRAQ
SUBJ:          IRAQI BW MISSION PLANNING
SUMMARY:  IN THE FALL OF 1990, IRAQI PRESIDENT SADDAM FUSAYN ORDERED
THAT PLANS BE DRAWN UP FOR THE AIRBORNE DELIVERY OF A BIOLOGICAL
WARFARE (BW) AGENT          THE PLAN CALLED FOR
THREE MIG-21'S, CARRYING ONLY CONVENTIONAL HIGH EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE TO
STAGE AN AIR RAID          IF THIS INITIAL MISSION WAS SUCCESSFUL,
THEN A SECOND MISSION DF THREE MIG-21'S WAS TO BE FLOWN WITH AN SU-22
BW DISPERSAL AIRCRAFT FOLLOWING THEM AT A SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER
ALTITUDE. THE FIRST MISSION WAS SHOT DOWN OVER THE PERSIAN GULF,
HOWEVER, AND NO EFFORTS WERE MADE TO FIND ANOTHER METHOD TO DELIVER
THE BW AGENT.
2.  THE PLAN CALLED FOR A TEST MISSION OF THREE MIG-21'S TO
CONDUCT AN AIR RAID           USING CONVENTIONAL HIGH EXPLOSIVE
ORDNANCE. IF THESE AIRCRAFT WERE ABLE TO PENETRATE          AIR
DEFENSES AND SUCCESSFULLY BOMB          THEN A SECOND MISSION WAS  TO
TAKE OFF WITHIN A FEW DAYS OF THE FIRST, USING THE SAME FLIGHT PATH
AND APPROACHES. THE SECOND MISSION, ALSO COMPOSED OF THREE MIG-21'S
CARRYING CONVENTIONAL ORDNANCE, WAS TO SERVE AS A  DECOY  FOR  A  SINGLE
SU-22 AIRCRAFT FOLLOWING THE SAME ROUTE BUT FLYING BETWEEN 50 AND 100
METERS ALTITUDE. OPTIMAL DELIVERY ALTITUDE FOR THE BW AGENT WAS
JUDGED TO BE 50 METERS AT A SPEED OF 700 KILOMETERS AN HOUR.
WHILE WIND AND WEATHER CONDITIONS WOULD BE CRITICAL TO THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF A BW MISSION, FOR SECURITY REASONS THERE WAS NO
INTENTION TO INVOLVE AIR FORCE METEOROLOGISTS IN MISSION PLANNING.
SHORTLY AFTER HOSTILITIES BEGAN.
THE THREE-MIG TEST MISSION TOOK OFF FROM TALLIL AIRFIELD. NEAR AN
NASARIYAH. ALL THREE AIRCRAFT WERE SHOT DOWN EARLY IN THE MISSION.
AND AS A RESULT PLANS TO LAUNCH THE SU-22 ARMED WITH A BIOLOGICAL
AGENT AND FLYING UNDER COVER OF A SECOND, DECOY MISSION WERE
CANCELLED.
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