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Originally posted by syrinx high priest
can their airforce fly at night ? I'm not kidding. The first US strikes will be stealth bombings and cruise missile attacks of their military infrastructure, communications and energy mostly. Electrical substations, command bunkers and the like
Once we take off the head, the rest is just mopping up.
The only quetion that matters is their air defense system.
Can it survive the first 5 hours ?
One of Iran's prize achievements is the “Boraq” armoured personnel carrier which was conceived during the Iran-Iraq war but did not roll off the assembly lines of the Shahid Kolahdooz Complex until 1997. The Boraq is a thick-skinned, 13 tonne, fully amphibious tracked vehicle with seating for a crew of three and eight soldiers and carrying a fifty calibre machine gun on top. Other variants carry a 120 mm mortar or an anti-tank missile launcher. The Boraq is a marriage between the Russian BMP-1 hull and engine and the American (United Defense) M-113 wheel and track system. Iran still have over 300 BMP-1s in service while the US technology dates back to the days of the Shah. Fully loaded, the vehicle can travel 65 kph for 500 kilometres. While the Boraq is still in production and used in active service, Iran is also bringing two newer models of APC online, all advertised for export.
One of Iranian military's greatest threats are its self-propelled howitzers. The Shahid Industrial Complex manufactures two models of self-propelled howitzer, a 36 tonne 155mm, and a 17.5 tonne 122 mm. All parts of these weapon systems are locally produced using Iranian steel including the 850 horsepower diesel engines and its 8 gear transmissions. The 155 mm “Thunder 2” self-propelled howitzer has inch-thick welded steel armour requiring a near direct hit to destroy it. The Thunder 2 can travel at 65 kph with a range of 450 km and can fire four, several-pound, rocket-assist high explosive projectiles per minute to a distance of 30 km. The Thunder 2 is a knock-off of the American (United Defense Industries) M109 of which 440 were sold to Iran, many still operational. The Thunder 2 has been in quantity production for several years.
The Aerospace Industries Organisation (AIO) of Iran has revealed it is manufacturing a long-range anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) called Toophan. It looks similar to the US Raytheon Systems Company Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided (TOW) ATGW that entered service with Iran over 25 years ago.
Two versions are being built: the standard Toophan, which has one high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead weighing 3.6kg that will penetrate 550mm of conventional steel armour. Toophan 2, has a tandem HEAT warhead weighing 4.1kg that is claimed will penetrate 760mm of conventional steel armour protected by explosive reactive armour. The AOI says a retrofit of Toophan 2 warhead on Toophan missiles is possible.
Both missiles can reach a top range of 3,850m, while top speed is 310m/s. The Toophan uses a semi-automatic command-to-line-of sight system for guidance.
Armoured vehicles and helicopters as well as a standard tripod launcher can deploy the Toophan. Toophan variant is comparable to the Basic TOW, while the Toophan 2 is comparable to the Improved TOW, which also has an extendable nose probe.
The AOI said the Toophan could be launched from existing TOW launchers and the range of the Toophan matches that of the TOW.
Iran has deployed the standard tripod version of the TOW for many years as well as mounting the system on United Defense M113 series armoured personnel carriers. It is also air-launched from Iran's Bell AH-1J Cobra attack helicopters.
The AIO has also developed a Toophan advanced guidance set (MGS-2). Improvements include: guidance algorithms, tracking and measures to counter enemy electro-optical jammers. It can also auto self-test.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Iran was also manufacturing another ATGW called Towsan-1/M113. This is understood to be a local version of the Russian 9K113 Konkurs (NATO designation: AT-5 ' Spandrel') ATGW developed by the Tula KBP Instrument Design Bureau (Jane's Defence Weekly 12 January). In recent years Iran has been building improved versions of the Russian AT-3 Sagger under the local name of Raad.
Iran makes a copy of the Russian AT-3 9M14M (Sagger or Ra’ad) anti-tank guided missile. An improved version of RAAD missile, RAAD-T missile, incorporates a tandem warhead armament system and due to new airframe, its maneuverability increased considerably. Irrespective of the year and place of production, all versions of RAAD missiles can be upgraded to the new version. The RAAD-T weapon system is a portable anti-tank guided missile, which is used to attack any armored fighting vehicle including those with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA). In field operations, only by one ground guidance equipment, up to four missiles on their launchers can be shot, each in every 30 seconds. The system Safety and Arming Device (SAD) provides a high level of safety during the transportation and handling besides a reliable arming in operation. It is transported in new packing and tested with new equipment. By impacting the target, even at high angles of attack, explosion of the front charge, will remove the Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) and after a delay time, the main charge will be exploded and the tank distrusted.
Iran reveals details on self-propelled howitzer
By Christopher F. Foss, JDW Land Forces Editor, Kuala Lumpur
The Iranian Defence Industrial Organisation (DIO), Armour Industries Group, has finally released full details of the Raad-2 155mm/39-cal self-propelled gun-howitzer (SP/GH), which has been in quantity production and service for several years with the Iranian Army.
The Raad-2's main armament comprises a local version of the 155mm/39-cal M185 ordnance supplied by the Hadid facility of the DIO (designated HM44) fitted with a fume extractor and a muzzle brake with elevation limits from -3º to +75º.
The maximum range depends on the type of ammunition (projectile and charge) used. However, the Raad-2 can achieve a maximum range of 18,100m firing a standard M107 high-explosive (HE) projectile, and a maximum range of 24,000m firing a base-bleed HE projectile. The DIO quotes a maximum rate of fire of 4 rds/min with a total of 30 155mm projectiles and their associated charges being carried. According to the DIO, the barrel has a maximum life of 5,000 rds when firing charge 8.
Raad-2 looks similar to the United Defense LP 155mm M109A2 SP/GH - large numbers of which were supplied before the Iranian revolution.
The vehicle has a crew of five; the driver is positioned front left with the power pack located to the right and the fully enclosed 360º-traverse power-operated turret at the rear. The hull and turret are made of welded steel armour with a maximum thickness of 20mm.
- The Iranian Defence Industries Organisation (DIO) Armour Industries Group has revealed that its 122mm Raad-1 self-propelled gun (SPG) is now in quantity production alongside the larger Raad-2 155mm SPG.
Originally posted by Dallas
I'm not much of a killing weapons expert, actually know more about fishing tackle, but would suggest Iran less it's nuclear capability now or later, could only be fed Russian technology that I would consider lethal to other mid-east nations.