posted on Sep, 24 2006 @ 02:58 AM
Pedro....I doubt Syria could afford them too, but just the fact if Iran had those capabilities, Syria would go ape for sure. They'd also be packing
it pretty densely, wondering what Iran's next move was going to be.
Even if they got stealth technology from Russia, I'd like to see just how effective it was. The Russians and others love talking themselves up and
putting down the American technology.....it's all a hard sell to potential customers. Granted, some will work well, but if you look at the history of
Russian weapons technology it's always lagged behind the West. If it was as superior as some think it is now, especially with their aircraft, you'd
wonder why they or others haven't taken advantage of it. Quite frankly, even though their equipment now is much better than it previously was, and
does perform very well in many cases, it's still not upto Western standards when it comes to the crunch. Anyway, the "eagles and hawks" in the US,
and elsewhere, have always had a habit of talking up the opposition's capabilities and equipment. All the while pointing out the shortcomings of
their own. Meanwhile actual combat has proven things otherwise. It's the way to get more money to make better gear that's even more advanced than
the stuff you already have. So instead of being 5-10 years ahead or just at parity, you leapfrog a few more decades further in front, just by acting
all scared and worried.
If Iran wants, and it decides to start a war, stealth or no stealth, or "fantabulous" new Russian goodies, the US and her allies will have been
jamming Iran's electronic warfare capabilities and countermeasures up so tight, they'd think themselves constipated. They wouldn't be able to fire
a SAM without losing the launcher or the missiles. Despite the much vaunted Russian S300 or S400, how long would they last with fighters, especially
the F35 and maybe the F22, armed with DEW's...... which they are going to be doing very shortly. Let alone other targets. Plus, to make things worse,
even the AC130 Spectres are getting the DEW treatment.
Nice having a plane that can loiter for hours above your head with a weapon that'll burn a big hole straight through the armour of your tank in a
matter of a few milliseconds.
It'd still be a war....many will get killed on both sides, but it will still be an awfully one sided contest. Iran might last a few months, if it's
lucky. The longest part of the action will be the ground war, and that's where they'll try to stretch things out. It could end up like another Iraq.