What are the capabilities of those Iranian speedboats?
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January 16th, 2012 11:26 AM
"The crews were trained at San Diego Naval Training Center and their gunboats were aquired from the good old United States of America."
And how long ago was that? They haven't been able to get parts from us for many years, much less training and equipment. We've managed to train all our enemies at one time or another. A "Enemies of my enemies" curse.
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January 16th, 2012 11:26 AM
January 16th, 2012 01:38 PM
I don't have access to Jane's anymore but going from wikipedia it actually looks like they have a fairly capable coastal defense force.
24 fast attack craft
98 large patrol craft
+100 light missile boats
We also have to keep in mind that they have multiple variants of the old "silkworm" missile and have been manufacturing them domestically for some time. These missiles have a range of over 100km while the strait is only about 50km wide. Their subs are Diesel electrics but that actually works in their favor in a way. They don't need the unlimited range of nukes. Nuclear reactors have cooling pumps and associated control systems that must run. We have outstanding quieting technology but nothing is perfect. You park a Diesel electric boat on the bottom and just listen with passive sonar and the only things that going to make noise are the crew and the air system.
Depending on how much of that force they are willing to lose they could make transiting the strait a very expensive proposition. And lets not forget that these are the people that basically threw away a generation of their male population in human wave attacks during their war with Iraq.
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January 17th, 2012 12:29 AM
Our allies, both Arab and Jew, in the Middle East have cruise missiles and we're worried about rich Iranians cruising around in speed boats looking for hookers?
January 17th, 2012 12:44 AM
Last year the Iranians added the Bavar-2 flying boat (Ekranoplan) to their navy. The thing appears to be intended to be stealthy by flying below the radar horizon, but is too slow to approach a Phalanx system and is probably a lot of fun for helicopter pilots to shoot at. They would most likely be ineffective as kamikazis, but probably could be used carry small missiles. It looks to me like they should have to wear clown suits to fly them, but they just might be silly enough as-is to cause laughter to spoil our pilot's aim.
Iran's Boat-Plane-Thing Would Strike Fear Into Other Flying Military Boats if Any Existed | Popular Science
January 17th, 2012 12:58 AM
Used to know some fighter pilots that had a saying for something this: LSMFT = Low Slow Mighty Fine Target.
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When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
"Don't forget, incoming fire has the right of way."
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