The injection of the situation around the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), which not only do not meet western, first South American ideas about the wonderful democratic society, but also supports the Islamic terrorist organizations whose own to fight Israel until the bitter end, to the extreme exacerbated in Earlier this year, the intensity of psychic warfare being waged in the media.
In response to the constant discussion of Iran's nuclear programs from, probable options strike on the country, culminating in a statement by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Admiral Mike Mullen that America is prepared forceful solution prepyadstviya Iran, Tehran brings about the development and early production more and more new designs of AME.
With particular ferocity Iranian propaganda campaign promoted the flywheel by August, when local television almost every week to talk about new missiles, boats, drones made spices Iran. To understand that it all the same for the gun and the danger it would pose to the United States, Israel and their allies in the event of a real war, is hard enough. All information relating to the defense of the country, the Iranian media is given a very metered and in the best totalitarian tradition, prepodnosyaschih merits its own defense only in a stunning degree. And yet, try to understand what the real value represented by the spring and summer of this year, new arms of the Islamic Republic.
A common feature of the Iranian defense industry is that in a country just emerging private school in industries such as aircraft, tanks, ship and engine. Because made in Iran standards of military equipment in the main are adapted and improved from time to time copies of Chinese, Western or Russian products (in some kinds of cases — more than 30 years ago), and from time to time — an unusual symbiosis of both. Nowhere is it traced in aircraft and armored spheres. Iranian fighter jets for its elaborate "Azarahsh" ("Lightning") and "Saege" ("Thunderbolt") — is somewhat enlarged and slightly reworked copy of the American fighter F-5E Tiger II, issued early 70's and bought Tehran during the reign of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In February of this year, Iran accounted for forming the first squadron "Saege." The design of the tank "Zulfikar" mixed reproduced and reworked several body and chassis from the South American as the M60 with a tower of its development, which is set in the Russian 125-mm smoothbore gun 2A46. Source of tank shells — "cannibalization" of early versions of T-72. According to some reports, the production process fighters "Azarahsh" and "Saege" part of the devices are also removed from the decommissioned Air Force F-5E.
In the summer of 2010, in particular the huge number of Iranian new products has been demonstrated in the run-up days of the defense industry, which in the country celebrated on August 21. To replenish the ship of the Navy received four submarines and 12 speedboats.
The fact that the Navy submarine force is waiting addition, local television said another first of August. Observers meant that in order to enter the newcomer class submarines for its elaborate "Kaim" with a displacement of about 1,000 tons. But in reality, it turned out that the Navy sent four midget submarines of class "Ghadir". Displacement of these boats do not exceed 150 tonnes. Armament — two torpedo tubes caliber 530 mm. Construction of the submarine class "Gadir" began in Iran in 2007, taking into account operational by August this year, all boats in their Navy Iran now has 11. They are designed for operations in coastal waters, first in the Strait of Hormuz. Recall that in addition to 11 submarines of class "Ghadir" in the Iranian navy in the current time, there are three Russian boat 877EKM, and four midget submarines, adapted for the landing of subversive groups. Iranian Navy submarine forces armed with torpedoes local production, copied from the Russian 53-65KE and TEST-71. It was also reported that Iran has created an underwater rocket, like Russian raketotorpede "Squall".
Taking into account the fact that Iran's surface fleet to equip small and obsolete types of ships (commissioned in February this year corvette its development "Dzhamaran" essentially no exception), a reflection of the potential for anger coalition of Western states Tehran relies specifically on submarines , also on the "mosquito" fleet, armed with torpedoes and missiles.
August 10 in the naval forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) of Iran included 12 speedboats 2-types: "Serak" and the "Zulfikar". The first is a small fiberglass boat with a displacement of 324-mm torpedo tubes. "Zulfikar" — a large ship, on board of which are installed anti-ship missiles (ASM). Apparently, the question of medium-range anti-ship missiles light "Kosar" — the Iranian version of the Chinese C-701, which in turn is based on the U.S. missile AGM-65 Maverick. According to the Commander of the Navy of the Revolutionary Guard Admiral Ali Fadavi, the IRGC in 2010 will receive an additional 10 speedboats.
In February 2010, a fundamental event in the development of the Navy (Navy) of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). The water was lowered first destroyer own production with guided missile weapon, which received the title of "Dzhamaran." Displacement destroyer was 1,420 tons, and its length — 94 m crew of the ship, capable of speeds up to 30 knots, includes up to 140 people. Armament of the ship consists of a 76-mm automatic gun mount OTO Melara, small-caliber rifles and 2-twin launchers, anti-ship cruise missiles Noor (the Iranian version of the Chinese C-802 missiles). Warship has a helipad and a place to launch man-portable air defense systems, also, apparently, anti-Sticky bomb launcher.
"Dzhamaran" ready for battle
Iran was also able to buy in South Africa, British-built boat "Bredstoun Challenger", which in 2005 had beaten the record for speed sailing around the British Isles (the maximum speed — 130 km / h). Tehran wants to begin construction of copies of this boat.
In March, Iran has begun mass production of large and more than anti-ship missiles — "Nasr-1" and "Noor".
"Nasr-1" — the local version of the Chinese C-704 with an active radar seeker. Rocket has a range of up to 35 km run, the weight of the warhead — 130 kg. Apparently, she is able to hit ships with a displacement of about 3 thousand tons.
"Noor" is a C-802 made in China, the range of which was run by Iranian engineers increased to 170 km. Weight of warhead Chinese versions — 165 kg. Has it changed in the version of "Nur" — is unclear. The missil
e is armed with the first turbojet engine (THD) produced by Iran "Tulyu-4", which in turn is a copy of the Italian Microturbo TRI 60.
In April, the Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said that the country has started to create a new anti-aircraft missile systems "Mersadie." According to him, the missile is capable of killing "a modern aircraft at low and medium altitudes," and its superior features South American Hawk SAMs on indicators such as range, speed and power of a missile warhead. Vahidi also said that the development of complex progress has been made in the technology of radar signal processing. It should be noted that the ready copies Hawk SAM Iran has already mastered earlier, the end of the same work for its modernization indicates that achieving the country's defense industry is quite high level of development.
To peel or not to peel? Iran …
After all, the more resonant the August news from the Iranian propaganda was the presentation of the impact drone "Karrar," in what was the role of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi. As noted in the presentation, this device has a turbojet engine (apparently, "Tulyu-4"), is designed to engage targets at ranges of up to 1,000 km, can reach speeds of up to 900 km / h and can carry up to four missiles "air- surface "of either two 100 kg bombs to any. Catechumens properties — on the level of global standards, but that the functionality of the drone represents the same level, there is a huge doubt. Outside drone like a Russian reconnaissance drone Tu-143 "Flight" or the target. Dimensions "Carrara" and type of propulsion can doubt that its board has enough room to place the necessary clearance for the thousand-in store fuel. Taking into account the fact that defeats the purpose of airborne drone weapons that need to the same set of avionics, the stated range seems really quite mind-boggling. It is possible, but to imagine that in the external similarity of the new Iranian UAV target precisely lies the true meaning of his appointment. In the event of a war start these widely publicized psevdoudarnyh drones in the direction of, say, Israel can cause excessive consumption of anti-aircraft missiles, which, of course, will play in favor of the military of the Islamic Republic.
In addition, they are surprisingly similar to south american Firebee and the Russian Tu-143, an Italian Mirach. All of the above machines were developed in the middle of the 60s based on the same design von Braun. A fascinating feature of the Iranian "drone" is the fact that, most likely, it is reactive with a guided projectile attached to it the standard American Mk 82 bomb. He also remembers the Iranian cruise missile, manufactured on the basis of the Italian Mirach. Fighting properties similar trends are questionable, but it should be remembered that, in any case, the use of even a poorly guided missiles can cause severe damage.
Iranian "UAV": Reincarnation of Wernher von Braun
Summarizing the Iranian military premiere of the first half of 2010, we can say that the Islamic Republic of Iran have gained good success in the development of national defense industry, but the technical level of the arms hardly able to save the country from a massive air and space attack, similar to the NATO operation against Yugoslavia. Severe loss of the enemy Iranian Armed Forces will be able to apply only in the process of contact fighting, with all this technology available so that requests from the staff of the highest motivation and readiness for self-sacrifice. It remains an open question, and the harmonization disclosed TTX real abilities, and the reliability of the state sverhtehnologichny products.