Skip to comments.The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a U.S. ship in the Strait of Hormuz
Posted on 05/22/2014 8:41:45 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution have used the social network to make public their plan to attack enemy ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Irans military whose role is to protect Tehrans Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf.
The plan is use several different weapons systems in a coordinated attack opened by high speed boats, used to create a diversion.
According to Good Morning Iran blog, that translated the text accompanying the rendering, the plan assumes that Iranian high speed boats, equipped with missiles and mines, and disguising themselves as normal fishing boats, would carry out an initial attack against the enemy ship.
While facing the boats, the U.S. warship would be attacked by Iranian submarines, baked by IRIAF (Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force) warplanes, including some F-14 Tomcat jets with indigenous modifications (most probably providing some sort of air superiority in the vicinity), followed by ballistic missiles.
The latter could be the two types showcased during an exhibition held by the IRGC on May 11.
The new home-made ballistic missiles, an upgraded version of the solid-fuel, supersonic Iranian anti-ship missile dubbed Persian Gulf equipped with a 650-kg warhead, are dubbed Hormuz 1 and Hormuz 2.
Both missiles are believed to be more powerful than the Persian Gulf, with the Hormuz 1 being an anti-radar missile with a range of 300 kilometers.
Image credit: Tasnim News Agency
That said, the plan is obviously quite optimistic, as it considers a U.S. warship as an isolated unit, whereas the latter may operate within a large, powerful and very well defended Carried Strike Group, which includes an aircraft carrier, destroyers, supporting vessels and, often, a nuclear submarine, whose task is, among the others, to defend the Group from underwater attacks.
Anyway, the plan and the mock aircraft carrier being built by Iran are a sign Tehran is focusing on developing tactics to defeat the U.S. Navy in the Gulf. Not an easy task though.
Update May 23, 2014, 22.20 GMT:
A reader has found that the image posted by the Pasdaran on Twitter is an infographic posted in the past by the Wall Street Journal. IRGC replaced the English text with Farsi: therefore, even if its not their original work, the fact they translated and published it on Twitter means they consider it accurate and most probably coherent with their plan.
Sometimes a swarm of bees can be big trouble ...
Id be very afraid of being smacked by one of those Lethal Airborne Felt TIp Markers...especially the Red Ones
Nuking Tehran, Qom and Mecca could put a stop to this.
How many targets can an Aegis track and counter, simultaneously?
How about...... we send a swarm of I C B Ms.
The explosive charge need only be sufficient to hole the hulls of the small craft at which point they will no longer be fast nor highly maneuverable.
While I do believe Iran has some sophisticated armament, it may NOT be adequate to accomplish what they hope for.
Especially when they run into a 2000 round swarm of 20 mm or 30 mm high explosive bullets.
Listening to the “Vulcan”, the ADA Gatling from when I was in in the mid-seventies, was like being on a dragstrip starting line between two double-A fuel dragsters at full throttle.
With somebody heaving wheelbarrow loads of large brass out the side - very quickly.
The best defense is a good offense. Thanks sukhoi-30mki.
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