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Subject: IRAQI'S BW MISSION PLANNING

Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence







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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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