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Sources: Secret carbon fiber bombs kill power in Serbia

F-117
An F-117 stealth fighter dropped the secret carbon fiber bombs, Pentagon sources said  

From Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre

May 3, 1999
Web posted at: 11:09 p.m. EDT (0309 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Air Force F-117 stealth fighters dropped special bombs containing carbon fibers designed to short out electrical transformers, blacking out much of Serbia Sunday night, Pentagon sources said.

The Pentagon is refusing to officially answer questions about the munitions, which are classified, but sources said similar weapons were used against power grids in Iraq during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

"I have nothing to say about it," said Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon.

NATO spokesman Jamie Shea said Monday morning that aircraft Sunday evening struck the five main electric yards that distribute power to the Serb armed forces.

Pentagon sources said the special bombs explode over targets, then shower the electric transformers and lines with tiny carbon fibers, shorting out the systems.

Novi Sad
Sunday night's attack in Novi Sad  

The bombs can effectively shut down power for hours or days, depending on their use, the sources said.

NATO officials said the intention in Sunday night's attack was to cut power that supplies "the military machine of President Milosevic," not to inconvenience the people of Serbia.

The use of the secret weapons was also designed to limit damage to power plants which take a lot of time and money to rebuild, Pentagon officials said.

NATO aircraft on Sunday night struck the transformer yards of Opranovac station in western Serbia, at Nis in southern Serbia, and in Bajinabast, Dermo and Novi Sad.

The alliance began its bombing campaign on March 24, after Yugoslavia rejected an international proposal to end a civil conflict between Serbs and ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province of Kosovo.



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  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
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  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Relief:
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International


Media:
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  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

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