Iran trumpets new naval warfare capabilities

And just to think, the Iranian navy during wartime will have thousands of speedboats taking off towards US Navy targets. The article also doesn’t take into account the thousands of missiles that could be launched upon naval vessels within the Persian Gulf. The stakes are quite high.

Iran’s speedboats can carry multiple kinds of anti-ship cruise missiles, and fire them while traveling at speeds higher than missile boats in any other navy in the world, an Iranian defense official claimed Monday.

The article noted that Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (Iran’s naval forces are roughly evenly divided between a regular navy and a navy under the command of the revolutionary guards), said in May that the Islamic Republic had allocated thousands of speed boats for military purposes.

In 2010, Iran announced the production of high-speed missile boats and warned enemies not to “play with fire” by testing their capabilities.

Unclassified American military assessments have described Iran’s naval warfare doctrine as dependent on “swarming” tactics, in which hordes of small, fast, highly maneuverable ships attack a larger, slower vessel in crowded waters. By these assessments, and according to quotes from senior military officers, Iran’s navy is indeed capable of inflicting considerable damage to ships in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf, but the US Navy’s massive fleet would ultimately destroy the Iranian forces in any prolonged conflict between the two.

Full article: Iran trumpets new naval warfare capabilities (Times of Israel)

Comments are closed.