What Iran Has To Fend Off US-Israeli Missile Or Drone Attack

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What Iran Has To Fend Off US-Israeli Missile Or Drone Attack

The current military and diplomatic situation in the Middle East demonstrates that the capability and quality of air defense forces is especially important for states operating in a tense geopolitical environment. Saudi Arabia with Patriot surface-to-air missiles appeared to be unable to defend itself from missile and drone attacks by the Houthis. Thus, the Kingdom lost its remaining chances to achieve a military victory in the Yemeni war and resumed negotiations with the Houthis. Devastated by the war on terrorism, Syria and Iraq are suffering from regular Israeli strikes carried out under a pretext of combating the so-called Iranian threat. The Trump administration strongly supports these actions and together with its Israeli counterparts fuel the anti-Iranian hysteria to justify its own policies in the region. In a recent interview to Jerusalem Post, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Israel has a “fundamental right” to bomb what it wants to “ensure” its own “security”. In the event of a new round of tensions in the Persian Gulf, Iran’s ability to defend its territory from a possible aerial attack will be one of the factors shaping the course of the possible escalation.

The Islamic Republic already demonstrated its air defense capability on June 20, 2019, when forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk BAMS-D surveillance drone that violated Iranian airspace near the Strait of Hormuz. Iran says that the Global Hawk was downed with its developed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system Khordad-3.

As a part of its multi-layered air defense, Iran employs a variety of short-, medium- and long-range systems. Earlier, the core of Iran’s air defense was foreign-made systems, including Russian, Chinese, and even US models. Today, Iranian air defense actively employs domestically produced systems. Most of foreign systems were locally modernized. The most capable foreign air defense system acquired by Iran is the Russian-made S-300, the delivery of which was completed in 2016. The most-widely known Iranian indigenous SAMs are the Bavar-373, the Khordad-15 and the Khordad-3.

The Bavar-373 is a multi-channel long-range SAM system created in Iran. According to the Iranian military, the system has a range of up to 200 km and altitude of up to 27 km. It is reportedly capable of hitting stealth air targets, cruise missiles and even warheads of ballistic missiles. Official Teheran says that the Bavar-373 is superior to the Russian S-300 and only slightly inferior to the S-400.

In 2019, Iran unveiled the medium-range SAM system Khordad-15. The system is capable of detecting fighter jets, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles in a range of 150km and track them within a range of 120 km. The Sayyad-3 missile, employed by the system, has a range of 200 km. The Khordad-15 reportedly can detect stealth targets in a distance of 85 km and can intercept and destroy them within a range of 45km.

There are more SAM systems of Iranian design: Talash and Raad. Each unit of the Talash system includes three vehicles, a truck carrying Patriot-style missile launchers and two command and control vehicles. The Talash-1 is employed for low and medium altitudes, the Talash-2 – for medium to high altitudes, and the Talash-3 – for high and very high altitudes. The Talash-2 can engage targets at a range of up to 120 km, and an altitude of up to 27km. Some sources say that the Talash concept originates from the Patriot.

The Raad SAM family externally resembles the Russian Buk and Buk M2 systems. According to Iranian sources, it is designed to confront hostile aircraft, cruise missiles, smart bombs, and unmanned aerial vehicles. The system’s Taer-2 missiles can trace and hit targets in ranges up to 50 km and in altitudes of up to 25-27 km. Another missile employed by the SAM is the Sayyad-2. It has a range of 75km and a top altitude of 30. The most modern version of this SAM system is the Khorad-3 employed against the US Global Hawk in June.

The development of these systems is the visible demonstration of successes of the Iranian military industrial complex. Pro-Iranian sources say that Iran successfully joined the United States, China and Russia in the club of the countries capable of producing effective long-range SAM systems. However, the tactical and technical data of the latest Iranian SAMs that are presented in the open press is very limited, and there are almost no data on the probability of interception of various types of targets. The degree of protection of Iranian SAMs from electronic warfare also remains a question. Accordingly, their real combat capabilities in the event of an armed conflict with a high-tech enemy cannot be estimated using the existing data. Another question is how successful can Iran’s multi-layered air defense be against combined drone, ballistic and cruise missiles strikes that Saudi Arabia experienced during the past years.

Representatives of the Trump administration, including the US president himself, repeatedly threatened Iran with a military action. However, no threats were ever turned into reality, even in a form of a symbolic move like the US missile strike on Syria’s Sharyat airfield. The US stance of empty threats and symbolic gestures is likely not a result the powerful Iranian air-defenses nor Washington’s attempts to avoid an open military escalation in the region. During the years of sanction pressure and military threats, Iran developed a complex asymmetric warfare doctrine. This doctrine provided the Iranian leadership with a number of means and measures that it can employ to deliver a painful blow to its adversaries, which consist primarily of the Israeli-US-Saudi alliance. Therefore, the cost of a military aggression against the Islamic Republic in the current conditions appears to be too high for sides that could be involved.

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  • neil barron

    Blah, blah, blah, more of the same no substance just propaganda. By your description the Orions are king of the what world. You wonder why you don’t get support ? If I wanted garbage all I have to do is look and read on the machinations of the evil here in the US, they start on a level below you . Seeing how that hell hasn’t frozen over yet I have hope we of the right will do well.

  • Icarus Tanović

    This js formidable arsenal. I don’t think they need nothing else, beside balistic missiles, and rockets capable of carrying satelites to Space.

    • Andrei

      Next is laser weapons

      • Toronto Tonto

        stupid

        • PZIVJ

          Well, yes you are stupid Tonoto. :)

        • Mike

          Can’t think of anything to solomon kupek.

    • PZIVJ

      Indeed, I enjoyed the video.
      Was not aware that Iran had such a wide variety of SAM systems and missiles.
      Are they advanced in EW as well?

  • alejoeisabel

    Israel met its match. It was inevitable.

  • Sorna Karbaschi

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMHPh3EmJTI
    This is the only Reason that they all Hide their balls in their wives purses , and only barks !

  • Andrei

    Israel and USA met their match or their nightmares
    It was absolutely inevitable due to USA and Israel behaviour..
    I can actually say”” checkmate””
    Mr. Alejoeisabel

  • Toronto Tonto

    Time has come to bulldoze the shittholes on this planet , or just let them kill each other off either way it must be done .

    • Luke Hemmming

      You are I believe talking about yourself and your own kin aren’t you? Do the world a favour and just STFU and die!

    • Mike

      Hey solomon kupek your shitstain settler state can’t even form a crooked government after nearly month. Your corrupt employer Bibi is going to jail, and its also time for another avatar or online persona because you suck at pretending your a canuck.

  • Luke Hemmming

    Has anyone noticed that since the israeli elections and Bibi has lost his chance to form a coalition government that the attacks on Syria, Iraq and the constant media false news about Iran has slowed to almost NOTHING? For the last 4 weeks there has been nothing bad said about Iran, which by the way is fantastic. I heard Bibi is hanging on for his dear political life, corruption charges are ready and waiting for him. Suck on that Bibi bwahahaha. See ya wouldn’t want to be ya!!

    • verner

      and also that putin told netanyahu in no uncertain terms that no more attacks on syria or iranian interests in the region or else. and one thing he can’t afford is to have russia weigh in on the arab side. where turkey is concerned, he wouldn’t do anything towards turkey since he knows that just a tiny thing can and most likely will turn turkey lethally against israel since erdogan hates israel and netanyahu and if erdogan can obliterate israel from the map, he will do so.

  • Assad must stay (gr8rambino)

    the blessed nation of iran is the strongest missile power in the region and will always be triumphant, it has God as its mightiest defender

  • cechas vodobenikov

    everyone comprehends that amerikans r insecure cowards—they only bully weak defenseless peoples. the empire will collapse in less than 10 years—Jameson, Galtung, Orlov, etc
    “America requires a stupefied population”. Christopher Lasch

  • Nassim7

    The real defense is their ability to retaliate against any attacker on the ground. All these military bases of the USA and Israel are exposed to attack. Runways and airports can be destroyed. Unlike aircraft carriers, these assets cannot be moved out of harm’s way.

    • verner

      saw somewhere that the unhinged stats of A never brought their abraham lincoln aircraft carrier closer to the persian gulf than 600 miles since the threat from long distance missiles today is a real threat to any carrier and thus the distance is so large that it’s hard for the unhinged states of A to control the air over any theater of hostilities, thus air supremacy is a memory at best since extremely fast missiles can and will have the capability to sink an aircraftcarrier in no time – seems the 13 aircraftcarriers the unhinged states of A is a bit on the far side of necessity. russian’s and chinese are having a good time where thos carriers are concerned.

  • alejandro casalegno

    The best defence is the attack!!!………..and Iran will strike back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FlorianGeyer

    Along with Iran’s detterant there is also the Hezbollah detterant against Israeli aggression as well.

    Do the Israeli’s really want to be the actors in a REAL holocaust.

    That really would be karma :)

  • Selbstdenker

    Beside Irans capabilities in air defense, they have also developped a high sophisticated anti ship weaponry, which would allow to sink any schip in an area of more then 200 kilometer from its coast. Exact distance of the missiles is not known, but based on test observations the range might be up to 500 km.
    They started based on the C802 from China and developped their NOR back in 2006, which already managed 170 km. Its successor Qader/Khadir was released in 2011 and had an official range of 300 km, but was speculated to reach 400 km. In 2015 it was anounced, that Iran started mass production of Ghadir long range anti ship missiles. This armament is one of the reasons why US is not trying Iran militarily.