...courtesy of the US Air Force.
This is another view of the hole the JDAM made in the roof of the dome in the Believer's Palace (Saddam's Bunker) in Baghdad and the damage it made when it went off inside.
Because the building was so heavily reinforced it remained standing, but the inside is as you can see here.
I'll upload a few more from the visit in the next couple of days (bandwidth permitting).
I do love my 10mm lens... (hand-held with a 1/15 sec exposure, ISO 1600).
Best viewed large on black.
Some more background information:
Basically, the palace is a cap over a complex bunker system. The bunker was intended to shield Saddām and his governing cronies in the event of attack by Iran, the United States or other “enemy.”
"It could withstand the shock wave of a nuclear bomb the size of the Hiroshima, one detonating 250 meters away, and temperatures of more than 570°,” said Karl Esser of Munich, Germany, a security consultant who designed the bunker. It was, he said, basically impenetrable."If they want to get at Saddām, they would have to level the Palace completely, and get rid of all the debris. They would then need to hit the site with their 80 Kilo Tomahawks - sixteen at the same spot to get through. That's sixteen times. Then they need to know exactly where he is in the bunker. Is he on the toilet, or in bed? I'm pleased my bunker has proved up to the job,“
The bunker,codenamed “Project 305,” was estimated to cost around $13,000,000 for the concrete and steel alone. The final costs however rose to an estimated $114,000,000 dollars.
The walls were built to a thickness of nine feet; the electronics are protected by special insulation to prevent them from being destroyed or interrupted by EMP bombs. The ceiling was poured steel-reinforced concrete and up to 22 feet thick. The bunker included an air purification system, water system, showers at the two entrances that were specially equipped for biological contamination, and an extensive array of halls, bunk-rooms, kitchens and restrooms.
One of the more interesting engineering aspects of the bunker is its double-shelled construction. Because the water table is so high in this part of Baghdad due in part to its proximity to the river (the bunker is about 550 meters from the river), the structure itself is situated relatively high in relation to ground level for a shelter of its kind. The ceilings of the various rooms are only about foot below ground level.
The architects compensated for the inability to bury the bunker deep below ground by building a “plug” or 22 foot thick top on the bunker facility and build it fourteen feet in from the outer walls of the palace inside this superstructure was the bunker itself – with four foot thick walls separated from the outer walls by a two-foot gap and held in place by a system of rubber connectors and industrial springs.