A new assessment of Iran’s naval forces, strategy and capability was obtained by Bloomberg News. It’s titled, “Iran’s Naval Forces: A Tale of Two Navies.” The 44-page publication is an update to a 2009 version. The updates says that the expiration, “will allow Iran to pursue foreign acquisitions that have been inaccessible since sanctions were imposed.”
Many who agree with President Donald Trump that the nuclear deal is “the worst deal ever negotiated,” will likely reference the Navy’s report.
As it is, home-grown weapons are already being produced by Iran, and many of those “Iranian designs” look suspiciously like copies of Chinese, Russian, and North Korean arms. In just a few short years, it will be able to make enormous purchases like the Russian SS-N-26 Yakhont cruise missile, which it has already been sold to the regime in Syria.
The report Bloomberg cites, agrees with other analyses that describe Iran’s “defensive” strategy as “the ability to rain destruction upon neighboring states, along with vital waterways such as the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz.” Repelling a military invasion isn’t what Iran is not worried about, but rather bolstering their image, making the cost of retribution for Iran’s enemies unacceptably high.
A recent article in Breaking Defense warns about the problems for American strategists, and our allies in the Middle East, that Iran’s growing arsenal of cruise missiles poses. Only Israel has a decent chance of intercepting advanced cruise missiles like the “stealthy Kh-55 upgrade that was used by Russia in Syria.” which are troubling with just conventional warheads, let alone nuclear ones.
According to Breaking Defense, the Trump administration’s recommended course of action will include blocking Iran from procuring missile technology, it will target cruise missiles with new sanctions, and will deploy more defenses around Iran’s likely targets.
The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs argues that Yemen has become a test ground for Iran’s weapons, as well as a training ground for Hezbollah instructors. The JCPA is concerned that Iran and Hezbollah are refining equipment and techniques they plan to use against Israel, including sophisticated surface-to-air missiles and drones. Iranian Drone technology seems to have advanced recently.