The U.S. Navy Should Be Wary of Iran’s Massive Missile Arsenal

The U.S. Navy Should Be Wary of Iran’s Massive Missile Arsenal
        The U.S. Navy Should Be Wary of Iran’s Massive Missile Arsenal




On the morning of January 20, 2019, a six-by-six Mercedes-Benz truck in al-Kiswah, Syria crewed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps began elevating a missile mounted on its back into firing position.


Once the nearly nine-meter-long missiles attained a roughly seventy-degree angle, it solid-fuel rocket blasted it on an arcing trajectory towards Mount Hermon, twenty-miles to the west on the Israeli-controlled portion of the Golan Height.


Skiers vacationing at the ski-resort there could see the contrails of the Fateh-110 (“Conqueror”) missiles streaking towards them three times the speed of sound.


However, the missiles was also detected by Israeli radars. As Israel’s David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system was not yet operational, the IDF made do with the Iron Dome, a system designed for swatting slower, unguided artillery shells and rockets.


Two Tamir interceptor missiles rocketed over snowboarders towards the Fateh missile at Mach 2, switched to electro-optical sensors for terminal guidance, and destroyed it.


Israeli website Debka claims the attack was ordered by the head of the Iranian Quds force, General Qassam Suleimani, as a means to test Israeli defenses.


Later that day, the IDF retaliated with an intense series of strikes in Syria detailed in this earlier article.


The domestically-developed Fateh-110 is not Iran’s longest-range missile, but it has nonetheless spearheaded a succession of missile strikes targeting Tehran’s foes since 2017.


During the Iran-Iraq War, Iran relied upon Soviet Scud-B missile purchased from Libya (20), North Korea (120, plus 150 more post-war), and Syria (12) to retaliate against Iraq’s larger ballistic missile force.


Afterward, North Korea assisted Iran in setting up production of a domestic Scud-variant called the Shahib-1. However, the Shahib and its successors are liquid-fuel rockets that required days to gas up, limiting their reactivity and leaving them vulnerable to preemptive strikes.


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