November 13, 2012:
Israeli officials have quietly revealed that the force sent to bomb a Sudanese weapons plant on October 23rd, consisted of eight F-15I fighter-bombers, four of them carrying two 2000 pound (909 kg) smart bombs each. In support were two combat search and rescue helicopters, a G-550 electronics warfare aircraft, and a B-707 aerial refueling aircraft. The flight was about 1,900 kilometers each way. The eight bombs are believed to have destroyed 200 tons of Iranian made munitions destined for Hamas in Gaza. Only the four F-15Is with the bombs entered Sudanese air space, and the entire force promptly headed back north in international air space after the eight smart bombs hit their targets. Israel has space satellites for checking on the damage.
On October 24th, Sudan reported that one of their ammunition factories blew up and blamed an Israeli air raid. Many Sudanese believe the bombed factory actually belongs to Iran. Sudan says they have proof it was an Israeli attack, in the form of fragments of Israeli missiles. There were also eight large craters within the factory compound and a number of burned out buildings. Israeli officials refused to comment at first. It was noted that the distance Israeli warplanes had to fly to Sudan was similar to what would have to be covered during a raid on Iranian nuclear weapons facilities. A strike force sent against Iran would be larger. Meanwhile, Israel has launched several air raids against Sudan in the last three years, to interfere with the flow of Iranian weapons (via Sudan and Egypt) into Gaza.