Friday, May 31, 2013

Report: New Iranian Missile Launchers Could Overwhelm Israeli Defenses

Iran could have enough launchers to send a salvo of medium range ballistic missiles that would overwhelm Israeli ballistic missile defense systems, according to a Wednesday report from IHS Jane’s.

A May, 26 broadcast on Iranian television showcased a collection of transporter erector launchers (TELs) capable of launching the Iranian Shahab-3 guided ballistic missiles.

“Iranian television footage showed at least 26 TELs lined up in two rows for the event, which marked their purported delivery to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, which operates the country’s ballistic missiles,” according to the report.

The Shahab-3 is based on a North Korean design and is capable striking Israel from Iranian territory.

“The delivery of such a large number of missile launchers demonstrates the Islamic Republic of Iran’s self-sufficiency in designing and building the strategic system and shows the Iranian Armed Forces’ massive firepower and their ability to give a crushing response to the enemy,” Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said in a report carried by Iranian state news.

Matt's thoughts:

This is actually spin (re: propaganda being used against Iran as an argument for a war), since even the basic GRAD rocket systems used in Gaza were easily able to overwhelm Iron Dome. And even if Iron Dome and Jericho does intercept the first waves of incoming missiles, they'll need tens of thousands of interceptors (at around $100,000 each) to fend off the combined 50-100,000 missiles ready to combat Israel.

Keep in mind, those interceptors aren't even made in Israel, but the US, and have to be shipped across the world at tremendous cost. The rockets used by Iran / Gaza / Hezbollah and so on are all home made, and cheaply so.

Israel certainly can't afford that, and the US is so bankrupt that they'd need to print/steal even more of your money as American citizens. How do you feel about your money being taken away from you to fight yet another foreign war?

So what is this article *really* saying? It's saying that Iran and other Arab nations have just as much a right to exist as Israel, and they're ready to defend that right.

And what does that mean for you and I? A massive world war in the making with many deaths, much suffering, and a region entirely devastated.