Archive for January, 2012

Choose Your Weapon

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Terrorism

Yes it is true, World Wide Weapons is not immune to cool Infographics. I believe this was in Wired magazine a few years ago, anyway I stumbled upon it again and would like to share it with you if you haven’t seen it.

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Indian 'AK-47' too fast for its own good

Changes being made to the system may slow it down to 650 rpm, however it seems the Indian Military is on track to an effective and affordable light weapon system.

With diplomatic relations between Iran, Israel and the U.S. deteriorate following expanded sanctions, the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist, and the test firing of Iran’s Ghadr missile; drastic threats by the regime to close the Straight of Hormuz should be taken seriously (I will not discuss the economics should Iran chose to do so, this is simply an analysis of weapons at hand Iran would use should they.) While Iran is clearly no match against the U.S. Navy should a lateral war occur, asymmetrical strategies should give Iran some advantages should they close the Strait.

From the Iranian Mashreq News on December 15, 2011:

In response to threats by Western countries to impose oil sanctions on Iran, the Iranian website Mashreq News, which is close to Iranian military circles, posted an article on December 15, 2011 outlining military measures that could be taken by Tehran to close the Strait of Hormuz should the regime choose to do so.

The article enumerated the forces and weapons that Iran could employ in such a military operation, including fast attack craft carrying anti-ship missiles; submarines; battleships; cruise and ballistic missiles; bombers carrying laser-, radar- and optically-guided missiles; helicopters; armed drones; hovercraft; and artillery.

It stated that despite Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s statements that Tehran would not initiate a military confrontation but would retaliate harshly if attacked, “there is no guarantee that [Tehran] will not launch a preemptory strike on the civilian level, for instance through cyber-warfare or by means of economic pressure, including by closing the Strait of Hormuz and cutting off [this] energy lifeline for an indefinite period of time.” It added, “Should additional sanctions be imposed on Iran, especially in the domain of oil export, Iran might keep [its] oil from leaving its territorial waters.”

Listed below are some of the mentioned technologies:

Fast Attack Craft: Also known as “swarm boats”.” Are likely to be little or no challenge to U.S. air superiority, Arleigh Burke class destroyers, or U.S. Drones.

Here is a video of the USS Howard toying with a Fast Attack Craft.

Two of the newer anti-ship missile systems used by the Iranian Military are the:

Ghadr missile system: Persian word for Intersity, Ghadr-110 is a medium-range ballistic missile designed and developed by Iran. The missile has a range of 1,800 km to 2,000 km. The Iranian Armed Forces first displayed the missile to the public at an annual military parade to mark the Iran-Iraq war. The Ghadr-110 is an improved version of the Shahab-3A, also known as the Ghadr-101. It is believed to have a liquid-fuel first stage and a solid-fuel second stage, which allowes it to have a range of 1,500 km. The Ghadr-110 has a higher maneuverability and a shorter set up time than the Shahab-3. Its set-up time is 30 minutes while the older Shahab-3 has a set-up time of several hours. The missile has been manufactured entirely in Iran at the top-secret Hemmat Missile Industries Complex.

Link to Iran’s rapidly Developing Solid Propellant Ballistic Missile & Potential Space Booster Program 2008 on Global Security.org

Current Iranian Missiles

Current Iranian Missiles AFP 2009

Whether the missile system can fool current U.S. counter-measures is unlikely.

The guided version of Fateh 110 can strike targets on land or at sea with 450kg warhead. Photo: FARS news agency

The guided version of Fateh 110 can strike targets on land or at sea with 450kg warhead. Photo: FARS news agency

Khalij Fars: Persian word for “Persian Gulf’ is a single-stage solid-propellant, supersonic Anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 300 km based on the Fateh-110 missile. It is equipped with a 450 kg (650 according to Iran) explosive warhead which benefits from a combination of guidance systems to evade interception.

The missile was unveiled in Feb 2011 when the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari announced that it is being mass produced. Iranian Fars News agency released a footage of the missile hitting the target ship successfully. The missile was first tested during the Great Prophet 3 naval wargames in 2008.

Link to last February’s successful test fire of the Kalij Fars system.

It is unknown if U.S. AEGIS systems are able to effectively intercept Fateh-110 strikes. LAIRCM (Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures) based vessels could have success, however the concept is only rumored to be experimental. Any input on this topic would be appreciated.

As for Iranian submarines; cruise and ballistic missiles; bombers carrying laser-, radar- and optically-guided missiles; helicopters; armed drones; hovercraft; and artillery, I will write about them when they exist and deserve attention. Iranian Battleships will gain attention in a future post.

Introduction

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Introduction

Welcome to The World Wide Weapons Blog. Here we will discuss weapon systems and capabilities in an era of surgical precision and rapidly evolving technological abilities. My focus is to compare and contrast future weapon development projects and analyze their theater advantages and disadvantages. All information is gathered from open source government and private industry publications only. Thank-you and welcome.