reply to post by Wrabbit2000
So looking at this issue from a non-US centric point of view, what are the weapon systems Iran has? Seems like a lot -- but certainly not all -- of
this thread strikes me as a Pentagon J.O. session, gloating over all the high-tech US weapons available for an illegal, pre-emptive strike of
aggression against Iran. People seem to not be talking a lot about what Iran may have up its sleeves..
Clearly they have some Silkworm missiles, most of which have ranges around 200km, although a more recent Chinese model has a range of 300-500 km.
Looks like that would cover just about all of the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman an a ways into the Arabian Sea. The question then because one of
targeting, where I assume Iran would be at a distinct disadvantage because of lack real-time/near-real-time satellite imagery and US ECM. Does anyone
know if China or Russia has GPS-targeting capabilities? I would think that they would love to export such technology to a country that has a shot at
taking out a US carrier or two.
Then there are much shorter range anti-ship missiles, with a range of 35 km. Probably not much use against a US carrier strike force, but plenty good
for closing the Strait of Hormuz
And what about high-tech mines and possibly even drone torpedoes/torpedo boats? Seems likely that Iran has been working on such projects, and/or may
have received such technology from China or Russia. I assume the latter two countries are working on such items as they would love to have low-cost
countermeasures to the US navy. I acknowledge this is pure speculation, but it seems highly likely.
Also, I understand the Russians have developed some sort of rocket-powered, supercavitating torpedo. The range is fairly short, however, about 15 km.
Has Russia sold any to Iran, or provided the technology?
Don't know anything about the Iranian air force or its anti-aircraft defenses, but I suspect they're a lot better than Iraq's were. Iran
evidently stole/took Russian SA-24 missiles (similar to Stinger missile) from Libya during its revolution; I imagine Iran has been busy reverse
engineering those -- as well the US drones it has acquired.
Then there's the fact that the Strait of Hormuz will be shut down to oil tanker traffic, and possible oil embargoes by Iran's allies, including Iraq
and Venezuela. This will cause massive problems for the West, which depends on these sources of petroleum. Looking forward to paying $8-10/gallon
of gas, warmongers?
It will be interesting to see how the "Iron Dome" fares against a vast barrage of Hezbollah rockets/missiles -- provided by Iran and Syria, and a
bit better than the stuff Hamas flings on occasion. Somehow I don't see any anti-missile system being completely effective against a mass
Then there will be more covert forms of reprisal by Iran. I would imagine there will be a major increase of support to Afghan rebels, resulting in
more attacks against US/NATO forces there. Could be that a whole new round of terrorism/militantism similar to that in the 1980's, i.e. more suicide
bomber attacks and kidnappings of foreign nationals by proxy organizations. Also keep in mind that the Lockerby bombing was likely a reprisal bombing
by Iran for the shooting down, by the US navy, of a civilian Iranian airliner. Perhaps the perpetrators came from Libya, but it was likely
financed/planned by Iran. Iran, unlike Iraq, is run by rational players and realizes it must capitalize on asymmetric warfare when fighting a
As for US assets, I was surprised to see no mention, in posts or any of the sources cited, of cruise missiles. Seems these would be conducted against
air and naval bases, anti-aircraft facilities and other unhardened targets. The US has given cruise missile technology to Israel, so it seems likely
that it would use them, too, should it attack Iran. Seems like this would be a big component of a US and/or Israeli attack and would obviate the need
for as many air strikes, thus making an attack more feasible.
I'd like to hear from anyone who knows what Iran's assets/capabilities may be.