Let's digress a little on the political side of things and turn to the purely military. Ordinary person to understand analysis of the number and properties of the armed forces of any country can say very nearly everything.
Iranian armed forces consist of 2-large units: the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The total number of these units is about 520 thousand people. All land units Iran, regardless of their subordination, serves about 450 thousand people in the fleet — more than 40 thousand and 30 in the Air Force and Air Defense Forces. You can also add to this three and a half hundreds of thousands of people with supplies and 50-60 thousand workers of different law enforcement agencies. Another important element of the Iranian defense — a voluntary organization "Basij". According to various estimates, it consists of 10 to 12 million people in Iran, including ladies and children.
At the disposal of the Army of the army and Revolutionary Guard has about 1,700 tanks of various types. The newest of them — Russian T-72 (more than 400), and "Zulfagar" of its development, made on the basis of American armored vehicles (more than hundreds). Armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles in the Iranian army, there are about 1200 pieces of various types. "God of War" in the Iranian army represented by eight tyschami trunks and various types and calibers of production.
Iran's Air Force in 2010 possessed aircraft Russian, French, South American and other production. Base fighter aircraft make up the South American F-14 (44 pieces) and the Russian MiG-29 (35 units). At the least are the Chinese version of the MiG-21 under the title F-7M (24 pcs.) south american F-5 fighter in the clean version (20 pcs.) And French Dassault Mirage F1 (10 pieces). Bombing of Iran's Air Force uses only 3-types of aircraft: the South American F-4 Phantom II (65 pcs.) F-5 in the fighter-bomber version (60 pcs.) And the Russian Su-24 (30 pcs.). Military transport aircraft to Iran in 2010 are 86 aircraft 10 types of AN-24 and IL-76 and Boeing 727 and C-130.
Defense forces in Iran also apply to the Air Force. They have their own features 6 types of complexes, of old times of Russian S-75 to the latest "Tor-1M". The most widespread Iranian air defense SAM is south american MIM-23 Hawk — there are more than a hundred. Also, not too long ago began building their own rennet "Shalamcha" made on the basis of "Hawk."
The naval forces of Iran have both surface and submarine fleet. The latter is represented by 3 diesel-electric submarines 877EKM Russian production and a certain amount (the number of classified) mini-submarine classes Al-Sabehat 15 and Al-Ghadir Iranian their development. In late 2009, U.S. Navy intelligence said that Iran had acquired the DPRK certain number of boats and projects Kajami Gahjae. On the Iranian side was evidence of this.
Iran's surface fleet is represented by one destroyer Jamaran, five frigates project Alvand and Mowaj, with 3 corvettes Bayandor and Hamzeh. Iran also has a fleet of more than 10 missile boats of the project Kaman and a certain number of patrol boats Parvin. Available in Iranian naval and amphibious ships of different classes of ships capable of carrying tanks to light hovercraft. In addition to the warships Iranian 30-35 fleet has support vessels (tankers, bulk carriers, etc.).
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF), in turn, has about 175 thousand people in the service and almost half a million in reserve. It may also be mobilized more than 2.5 million people. The bulk of the soldiers and officers are concentrated in the ground forces — About 35 thousand 125 thousand people serving in the Air Force and Air Defense, and the Navy employs only 12-15 thousand.
As part of the Army of Israel is approx. 3600 tanks (Israeli "Merkavah" South American M-60, etc.), as well more 10 thousand armored personnel carriers, armored infantry and other light armored vehicles. Also at the disposal of the Army has 212 multiple rocket launchers, 450 guns of various calibres and more than 1,200 anti-tank systems.
Israeli Air Force base are South American
fighter F-15 and F-16 at more than 350 boards. There is also a more weave attack helicopter AH-1 and AH-64 of various modifications. Transportation puzzles make 230 aircraft and helicopters, in the main South American production. In supporting roles in the Israeli Air Force is ten types of unmanned aerial vehicles and Israeli zabugornoy development.
Defense of Israel and Iran, belongs to the Air Force. Specifically, these troops and serves a large part of the personnel — about 20 thousand people. In the air defense forces Israel there are anti-aircraft missiles from portable Stinger to "full» MIM-23 Hawk and MIM-104 Patriot. With all this, the Israeli "Hokie", in contrast to Iran, have been upgrading to the most recent version. Also, in defense of Israel are anti-missile complexes Arrow (they are the same, "Homa" or "Hetz-2"), created to intercept tactical ballistic missiles.
Israeli navy comparable small. This 4 German U-boats of the "Dolphin", 3 corvettes "Saar 5 '10 missile boats," Saar 4 "and" Saar 4.5 "and more than 30 patrol boats of various types. Ships and boats were built in Israel, the U.S. and South Africa.
Based on the quantity and quality characteristics, it can be stated on the approximate parity of forces between Israel and Iran. The first has the advantage in aircraft and armored vehicles, the second — in manpower. So Makar, a possible scenario of war between the two countries look what was in Iraq in 2003-04. That is, Israel's air force "ironing" the Iranian position, and then go in the coming of tanks and infantry. Advent is cheerfully, but eventually stopped at the border towns, where the "Merkava", "Zelda" and "Ahzarity" meet with a lot of ambushes in buildings. If you will take and the town, no one will be able to ensure a steady life now in the rear — 12 million "Basij" is, to put it mildly, a lot of guerrilla warfare ensured. And if so, the huge losses will not prevent both sides.
Why exactly should go to Israel coming? Iran is now limited only by harsh statements in the address of Jerusalem, and those experts who predict a war, they say specifically what Israel will start a war. But this is only representation, and that will, in practice, absolutely characterized by an old proverb: wait and see.