JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.S. is shipping hundreds of 'bunker buster' bombs to an air base in the Indian Ocean, signaling the possibility of an attack against Iranian nuclear facilities, Scottish newspaper The Herald reported on Sunday.
According to the report, 387 bunker-buster bombs - 195 smart, guided Blu-110 and 192 Blu-117 2,000-pound bombs - packed in 10 ammunition containers are being shipped to the U.S. air base on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean.
The island, part of the Chagos Archipelago, is a British territory, some 1,000 miles south of Sri Lanka and India's southern coast. An agreement signed with Britain in 1971 allows the U.S. military to maintain an air base there.
The U.S. Navy posted details of the contract on an international tenders' Web site.
The report said the bombs were being shipped by the Florida-based Superior Maritime Services, a firm used by the government for military shipments from Concord, Calif., to the air base on Diego Garcia.
"They are gearing up totally for the destruction of Iran," University of London director of the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy Dan Plesch told The Herald.
Plesch, who recently co-authored a report on U.S. preparations for an attack on Iran, said it would be better for the U.S. to launch an attack instead of Israel.
"The U.S. is not publicizing the scale of these preparations to deter Iran, tending to make confrontation more likely," he said. Plesch believes the U.S. "is using its forces as part of an overall strategy of shaping Iran's actions."
According to the article, the British Ministry of Defense has had to give the U.S. permission to launch an offensive action from the base, such as attacks on Iraq in 1991 and 2003.
More than 3,000 Americans and 50 British military staff are stationed on the island.
Haaretz and Ynet news contributed to this report.