US Government Sells $680 Million In "Bunker Buster" Bombs To ISIS-Supplier Turkey

Tyler Durden's picture

For a long time there was still some skepticism whether Turkey was providing military and other support to members of the Islamic State. As we reported last week, that skepticism was promptly eliminated following the release of transcripts of phone calls that took place between Turkish military officers and Mustafa Demir, the ISIS commander in charge of the Syria-Turkey border.

The transcripts are part of a court case on ISIS at the Ankara 3rd High Criminal Court. “The issues alleged in the case came to light because of an investigation launched following information given by six Turkish citizens whose relatives joined ISIL,” Today’s Zaman reports. “Upon the application by the relatives, monitoring of the communications of 19 people started, and a prosecutor named Derda Gökmen reportedly filed a claim against 27 suspects."

The transcripts are as follows:

Date: Nov. 25, 2014; 8:26 p.m.

A.A.: Was that you, the ones with a torch?
Mustafa: Well, with a little torch, where are you big brother? At the place where I told you to be?
A.A.: Yeah. We also saw you, your men…
Mustafa: Is it possible for you to arrange that I talk with the commander here, regarding the business here? What if we could establish a contact here as we helped you...
A.A.: Okay. If there are any needs [as far as your request is concerned], [tell them] to inform me here.
Mustafa: If it will be enough to contact you [to settle the issue], no problem.
A.A.: I'll pass this now. I have two military posts [at the border] there. If worse comes to worst, I'll tell that to the commander of the station and have him take a look…


**** ****

Time: 7:12 p.m.

Communication made by the telephone registered in the name of A.B.

A.B.: We're where you gave [him] the vehicle, we are in the mine [field]. We've put on a light. We have stuff; come here from that side, the men are here...
Mustafa: Okay, big brother, [I'm] coming.
A.B.: Come urgently; I'm in the mine [field] with a torch. Come running.
Mustafa: Well, big brother, is it the place where I gave First Lieutenant Burak a car?
A.B.: Yeah, just a little further down from that place. Our two vehicles are on the Turkish side [of the border].
Mustafa: Okay.
A.B.: We are also in the mine.
Mustafa: I'll right be there, big brother.

And while there was at least some mystery whether Turkey was supplying ISIS with weapons, supplies and others goods and services in exchange for "ISIS oil" there has never been any doubt as to who provides Turkey with its own weapons. The following disclosure by the US Department of Defense revealing a $683 million procurement order by Turkey for BLU-109 "bunker buster" bombs makes sure of that:



Press Operations


Release No: CR-036-16
February 26, 2016


Ellwood National Forge Co., Irvine, Pennsylvania (W52P1J-16-D-0041); and General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Garland, Texas (W52P1J-16-D-0042), were awarded a $682,900,000 firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract (Turkey) for BLU-109 penetrator bomb bodies and components.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with three received, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2020. Funding and work location will be determined with each order. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

Yes, the "war against ISIS" in which Turkey both drops US-made "bunker buster" bombs on the Kurdish opponents of Turkey's "president for life" Erdogan, and provides weapons to ISIS, sure is profitable... to US corporations.

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BullyBearish's picture

Satan never sleeps

CheapBastard's picture
Bunker buster


The US has a series of custom made bombs to penetrate hardened or deeply buried structures:

More recently, the US has developed the 30,000-pound GBU-57.


I'm glad I looked it up. I thought busting something in the bunker had something to do with those transgender folks who like getting their bunkers busted.


chumbawamba's picture

Nice, they can bust Erdogan's bunker with them.

I am Chumbawamba.


Fuck me running.

I can't even own full auto or short barreled rifles without tax stamps, permits, and all kinds of alphabet agencies crawling up my asshole - if I live in a state that allows those tools of freedom.

But we can sell six hundred million bucks worth of guided munitions to the little fuck that was bootlegging oil from Iran for cash in his hip pocket so he could keep killing off all the Kurds Saddam didn't finish off - who are supposedly our allies. Until they aren't. Until they are again.

Fucking Klingon cocksuckers from Uranus running this country are as useful as a shit storm in a bed sheet factory, ain't they ?

NidStyles's picture

You can't even own a firearm with removable magazines in some states. Some even restrict how many rounds your non-removable magazines can hold.

Crash Overide's picture

The insanity that is running amok within the government of the US is astounding.

Ghost Writer's picture

ummm....   but ISIS doesn't have a lot of bunkers ?! 


So who in the area has fortified bunkers?

peddling-fiction's picture

@Ghost Writer

Now that is a good question... /lol

Paveway IV's picture

"...So who in the area has fortified bunkers?..."

ZATO/OTAN members are all Team Chaos lackeys. Team Chaos has to existential 'threats' that must be eliminated for global domination:

1. Middle East 'enemies': Egypt, Lybia, Iraq (check, check and check), Syria (in progress) and Iran (TBD), ensuring Israeli land-grabbing and Palestinian genocide is safe from nosy outsiders, ensuring their 'secret' nuclear ams program remains intact and they are the only nuclear-armed power in the region, and ensuring pipeline routes and energy security for other U.S. butt-kissers in the region. We're in the last phase of that project: the Shia crescent. Bunker busters are sorely needed to kill widows and orphans hiding in basements because they're all potential God damn terrorists!

2. Russia. Psychopathic neocon U.S. chickenhawks just can't let the fucking cold war go - ever. They still call Russia the Soviet Union. Stupid chickenhawks. And Russian-Jewish oligarchs want Putin's head on a pike for interrupting their rape of the Russian people, control of the Russian economy and theft of Russian land and national resources. Russian shit is THEIRS, not the Russians. The Bolsheviks are mostly dead, so the Russian-Jewish oligrachs had to go with the Bolshevik B-team: sniveling U.S. neocon chickenhawks and their treasonous Israeli-firster backers in the U.S. Congress. 

Erdogan is simply the mobster/trained chimp that will jump at any hint of a ZATO bribe. He (and his clownish criminal family) will be disposed of at a convenient time by ZATO when he is no longer of use. Turkey has become troublesome for ZATO, and they may have to be broken up into impotent, warring states like the rest of the Middle East 'threats'. But while he's still around, he's good for burning through piles of U.S. taxpayer-funded bunker busters for Team Chaos. When he's dead, the next U.S./ZATO puppet running Turkey can use them for our evil purposes. Maybe even on Turkey itself, who knows?


Tyler: "Yes, the "war against ISIS" in which Turkey both drops US-made "bunker buster" bombs on the Kurdish opponents of Turkey's "president for life" Erdogan, and provides weapons to ISIS, sure is profitable... to US corporations."

Yay! Tyler gets it. The preservation of Erdogan's Saddam Hussein-like reign is enormously profitable, and the war to remove Erdogan will be profitable. Supression of Kurdish independence is profitable, and supporting a Kurdish war of Independance will be even more profitable. Dead people are like money in the bank to the MIC.

[mil geek sidebar] The bomb picture is actually some variant of a GBU-24()/B. The warhead is a BLU-109()/B penetrator (warhead = Bomb, Live Unit), and the guidance/tail kit is from the Paveway III family. When you strap all that crap together, it's called a GBU-24/B. If you strapped a JDAM kit on it instead, you would have a GBU-31. Since the UXO guys have to disarm the bastards that don't explode (500+ pounds of enhanced blast plastic bonded explosive love), we can cut them some slack here.

And what does $682M buy in terms of BLU-109s?


"...In FY 2015, the unit cost of a... BLU-109 2,000-pound hard target bomb is $31,414..."

So some simple math shows that the U.S. may have just contracted for an order of 21,700 BLU-109s for Turkey. I'm pretty sure that exceeds the current total U.S. stockpile of them. Even if the added parts, markup, etc. doubled the price, we would still be building 10,000 of these bombs for Smeagol. Tyler's invective should have been directed to the quantity - who the fuck needs 10,000 hardened target penetrators PERIOD. Now considering that criminal fucker's history, we have to wonder just how much skim Erdogan's mafia is getting from the latest U.S. taxpayer-funded deal. Conspiracy theory? Oh, fuck yeah

peddling-fiction's picture


I assume that when you mention Team Chaos, you are referring to the Chaos Brotherhood and the Enlightened ones?

Paveway IV's picture

Nope. I mean the lackeys for any of: the psychopaths in charge - the powers that be - the shadowy people that really pull the strings - the deep-state(s). The simplified version today would be the leaders of ZATO working for their monied backers. Their goal isn't world domination as much as it is creating a constant state of chaos between nations IN ORDER TO remain dominant.

It's what all dying empires do when they can no longer amass wealth and power by good old conquering, raping and pillaging; they outsource. ZATO are the current lackeys running a dying empire clinging to power. They're desperate to continue it's land and resource theft from everyone else on the planet. Like anyone throughout history that was ever on Team Chaos, they will eventually be replaced when the time comes.

ZATO are fucking Team Chaos temps and will end up in the trash bin of history like all the other former members. Team Chaos itself is eternal - the oligarchs will always find eager new recruits to fill in the ranks and carry out their evil scheming for them.

Hope Copy's picture

Nice write-up.  I just posted the unit price (FOB I expect and under a previous contract) and link.  They strap these on any aircraft and the success of this aircraft to get over Turkey's border will be very low and that is even for getting even close, but I think that many of these bombs are destined for another battlefield, perhaps there will be a resale to the Ukraine (they are equally nuts).

Paveway IV's picture

And what we're looking at is the price the U.S. governement is paying contractors to produce them for export to Turkey, not what Turkey is actually paying for them. Whatever the U.S. or Turkish government claim is being paid, it will certainly be a lie and never include the Erdogan Mafia skim. Kind of like when Israel 'pays' for U.S. arms. I know exactly whose pocket it's coming out of, and it damn sure isn't the Israeli taxpayers.

Note that the Korean scam involved Korea going through an arms broker rather than buying directly from the U.S. government like they should have. This is all lost on the little people in Korea, who were screwed out of a hundred million bucks or so - give or take. I understand a corrupt Korean official's motivation to steal their citizen's money with kickbacks and graft, but what God damn criminal politician in the U.S. ever agreed to sell BLU-109s to Korea through an arms broker, and how much of a kickback did that fucker get?

I don't know the details of the Turkish purchase, but color me suprised if it turns out to be a shady-assed deal costing U.S. and Turkish taxpayers hundreds of millions in theft to greedy, psychopathic politicians on both sides. And honestly, I don't think they give a damn who the bombs are actually used to kill - as long as the taxpayer's check clears first.

Mediocritas's picture

Those mother fuckers. Thanks for the insights Paveway.

toady's picture



Moderate rebels = Assads bunker (s)

isis = Russian airbase, Baghdad bunkers.... shit, any bunkers in the region. 

Turkey actually uses them? Gotta be the Russians, but they'll say isis "stole" them.

Ghost Writer's picture

Dug hastily - none that I saw were fortified.  One wouldn't need bunker busters to collapse those tunnels

on the otherhand

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

@Ghost Writer

Iran has re-inforced structures below ground... :

Tehran built a subway in the eighties; there's no telling how far they've gotten since.

My take on it, "Iran Underground":


Truely they are the Merchants of Death... :(

chunga's picture

I'm a yankee doodle dandy.

RichardParker's picture

America's #2 export: Inflation via WRC status.

Dre4dwolf's picture

It will take Turkey half a decade to read the instruction manual.... they will probably endup dropping them and nothing will happen lol

Backwards Islamic states shouldnt be allowed to use U.S. airplanes from the 50-70s until they atleast develop the wheel on their own.

Everything Islamic states like Turkey and Iran have is just hand-me-downs from the cold war.

Blankone's picture

Turkey shot down Putin's jet.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

Scary bit is...

These are the hand-me-downs! Like the S-300s.

khnum's picture

Even more incorrigible is the United Kingdoms supply of arms to Saudi Arabia the Royal family are just glorified gunrunners


Yes my country is disgraceful...but thankfully we are but a sideshow to our cousins across the pond :(

Winston Churchill's picture

You're missing the point.

Turkey has no need of bunker busters, unless they are meant for targets in Russia or Iran.

Its not Russia, they would never get thru' the sam shields.

So they are for Iran, or were.

Blankone's picture

And it should be noted that Putin continues to refuse to deliver the S300+ system to Iran.  This greatly increases the chances of Turkey or anyone else being able to fly into Iran and bomb targets.

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

cut and paste


Russia reportedly to begin delivery of S-300 to Iran in coming weeks





First shipment to be delivered by February; Iranian technicians to undergo 4-month training course at Russian base

 December 25, 2015, 6:04 p
Blankone's picture

And about two months prior to that Israeli publication others announced that Putin would be suppling the S-300 in just 2 weeks.  Never happened, so they just keep reissuing these statements.  If you search you will see that in Feb of 2015, on year ago, Russia is would supply the 2500 (more modern) system.  A year later nothing.

Here is something Putin put out in 2013 to try to worry or as a threat:

Russia insisted Tuesday it would deliver anti-aircraft missiles to Syria despite international criticism, as fears of spillover from the conflict grew after three Lebanese soldiers were killed in a border-area attack.


Moscow said it would go ahead with its plans to deliver the S-300 missiles to Syria, despite international concerns, saying the weapons were part of existing contracts.

That was back in 2013, Putin backed down and watch Syria be bombed.  Never delivered.  In fact when Assad claimed he had the S300 a Russian spokesperson officially stated that they had NOT been delivered.

Iran sued Russia for around 4 billion dollars for refusing to honor Russia's contract with Iran (since 2007).  Still Putin does not deliver the misssiles.


Motasaurus's picture

Why deliver them when the threat of delivering them is enough to deter your enemies? 

Iran is positively crawling with Mossad, and Syria with the CIA. Why deliver weapons systems to these countries? When push comes to shove Russia has shown it is willing to transport its own systems and operate them themselves.

This way, the technology doesn't fall covertly into enemy hands and the threat of the technology being delivered keeps the enemies overt forces at bay. 

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Why deliver them when not to do so, or not so far as is known, is to encourage your enemy into a trap? If Turkey or Saudi went into Iran, what do you think would happen to them?

BuddyEffed's picture

If those BunkerBs become distressed assets, maybe a tranche purchase could be made on them by some folks in order to conveniently sweep them under the rug and off of public balance sheets and into the shadows.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

"Iran sued Russia for around 4 billion dollars for refusing to honor Russia's contract with Iran (since 2007).  Still Putin does not deliver the misssiles."

The entire deal was only worth $800 million, with a $166 million deposit that was returned to Iran in 2010.

You must be confusing the $4 billion that France has to pay Russia for the Mistral ships it broke contract on after Uncle Scam told them to.

Better ask you handlers for an increase in your kool-aid dosage.



Blankone's picture

Here is a link to a ZH article from 1 year ago in which it is reported that the lawsuit was $4 billion.

Do you have a link showing a different amount?

While the quote the Tylers used was from Reuters the Tylers did not disagree.  But it is possible Reuters is incorrect and the Tylers did not catch it.  So, is there an article with a different amount and what are you basing your claim that it was not $4 B?

here is another link using the $4 B figure.


khnum's picture

Cameron has sold 5.6 billion pounds worth of goodies to the Saudis.....quite a sideshow

HowdyDoody's picture

10% 'commission' on that is quite a bundle by anyone's standards.

OverTheHedge's picture

My understanding is that the Kingdom pays roughly double what anyone else pays, so whilst the money's still good, it's not quite as much kit as you might expect.

There is nothing quite as wonderful as money :-)

demoses's picture

Spreading democracy around the world one bomb at a time...

joego1's picture

ISIS will love having those to call in.

o r c k's picture

They'll soon display graffiti that says "hello-goodbye Assad- in your concrete bunker "

CheapBastard's picture

I'm thinking some morning I'm going to get up and read the headlines about some serious Blowback to Turkey.


Erdogan and his present military seem so far away from Ataturk's dream.

Soul Glow's picture

War is the health of the (Neo-Keynesian fascist) State.

Atomizer's picture

Just let Hillary get nominated before dropping the payload. Commie Bernie has no chance in this country.