The Iranian Navy has made a huge breakthrough in combat strength, ready for a full-scale war with the United States in the Strait of Hormuz.
Receiving 112 new speedboats, the Iranian Navy is “too fast, too dangerous”
Major General General Hussein, Commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on May 29, 2020, announced that its Navy had just received 112 new combat boats at Bandar Abbas, which is a Unprecedented breakthrough for this country. He said during a handover ceremony of 112 high speed boats capable of firing Zulfiqa missiles: “These speedboats will strengthen the defense power of the Iranian navy in the Gulf”. He explained that the strengthening of this military potential was on track and was motivated by the IRGC and emphasized that:
“Defensive is our logic in war but not passive in front of enemies …”
“Iran is ready to break down the intentions of any enemy by continuing to strengthen the military strength and take tough action …”
“We are ready to fight along with the enemy, and the enemy has no other way to back down against Iran.”
He also said that the Iranian Navy will increase its presence in the far seas, beyond Iran’s borders, and will respond to any US mistakes in the Gulf. The move comes amid tensions between the US and Iran, which are extremely hot in the Gulf when both countries issue tough warnings in the Persian Gulf region.
Fables “Ants and elephants”
Many of us have probably read through the fable “Ants and elephants”: the elephant is strong and very arrogant, ignoring nobody. He met a herd of weaver ants crossing the road. Given that the small, insolent Ant colony, Elephant shout:
- Hey ants! Don’t you know who I am? How dare you crawl across my path? I just stomp, all of you will die.
Contrary to the Elephant’s thoughts, the small ants stubbornly responded:
- Hey Elephant, we know who we are. We are never arrogant to anyone. But if you trust your strength to fight us, we are not afraid. Neither do we back down from any strength.
The elephant went on a rampage, intending to step on the ants. Tiny Ants have quickly spread out, clung to the Elephant’s feet and climbed to the back of the Elephant, gathering both of the Elephant’s eyes to bite, entering the Elephant’s ears and piercing the eardrum. The elephant aches to the heart. The elephant tried to blow and sweep the ants to the ground with his trunk, but was unable to. Elephant fell off, cried, struggling, begging for forgiveness.
Scenario “ant fighting elephant”, how to live?
This image of the ants reminds us of the scenario of hundreds of small, but extremely crowded, high-speed missile boats of the IRGC. Once played at home in the Strait of Hormuz, even if the US has many warships and aircraft, it is difficult to cope.
First, Iran has a home advantage. The active position is always in Iran’s hands, once a conflict arises (with the US Navy), the IRGC has a variety of options and timelines to secretly, surprise attack enemy warships deployed in the area, improving the probability of destroying targets.
Second, with the “ant colony” strategy, US warships cannot face off. We all know, the Strait of Hormuz is small, quiet, and less stormy so it is suitable for small ships and boats to use high speed and surprise raids. Iran has clearly expressed its intention to use quantity to compensate for quality, no different from “human sea”.
Indeed, Iran’s high-speed attack boats and ships are mostly small, fast, and equipped with strong firepower. Once a conflict occurs, hundreds of these ships will depart at once and rush forward to attack. The American ships, despite having big guns and modern missiles, could not destroy them all. Launching anti-ship missiles? It is difficult.
Such small boats have the ability to maneuver fast and skilfully, making it difficult for missiles to hit. Assuming a 100% chance of hitting the target, exchanging a missile worth millions of dollars for a tiny, cheap boat is not a wise choice, the Navy commanders are sure will not do so.
Automatic high-speed gun would be more efficient, but does the US warship have enough ammunition and endurance to kill all the small, crowded boats? The fire control system may be overloaded due to too many targets in dozens of minutes of confrontation. The 14.5 mm machine guns on the American warship clearly could not exert its strength.
The US Air Force is strong indeed, supported by AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, but similar to warships, in front of such a “sea of boats” that is difficult to deal with.
Once the Iranian high-speed boats entered the effective range of the gunboat on the American warship, it was time that hundreds of thousands of rockets (107mm, maximum range over 8km) of the enemy were fired. Obviously, only a few dozen Iranian boats were close, the US Navy would pay dearly. If they like, Iran could “capture” US warships.
The large Iranian warships will likely be sunk since the firing of the two sides, they seem to have little role when a conflict occurs.
Third, Iran’s onshore missile defense systems are quite powerful, able to attack US warships up to hundreds of kilometers away. Iran’s onshore radar systems are also considered not bad, they can combine with many different types of UAVs to monitor the movements of US forces in the Gulf in order to have the most appropriate coping measures.
The US Navy is powerful, with warships that can be compared to “Elephants”, but it seems that they are well aware of the consequences that Iran’s “Tiny Ants” can cause. So, despite having been shot down hundreds of millions of dollars MQ-9 stealthy UAVs, ambushed by ballistic missiles, hundreds of soldiers shocked the brain, but in the end, the United States had to restrain and not use it. use force.
It is clear that the Iranian Navy is “too fast, too dangerous”, especially since it has just added more than 100 small speedboats to the fleet of hundreds of boats that were previously available. Therefore, if there is a military conflict, the US warship is not necessarily to approach the Strait of Hormuz, but must deploy from hundreds of kilometers away to limit the power of the Iranian Navy.
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