Iran to test fire Shahab 3 missile on December 31st Friday, Dec 30 2011 

Iran will test fire one of its Shahab 3 missles during the ongoing Velayat 90 naval war games. The firing will be on December 31st.

The design for the Shahab 3 missile came from Russia, China, and North Korea. The specifics of this missile are not known. The design can vary.

Generally, the Shahab 3 missile is a multi-stage ballistic missile that can reach a height of 250 miles and that has a range of 1,200 miles.

There are different launch platforms for this rocket. It can be launched from a hardened missile silo. Or, it can be launched from a mobile truck platform.

It has a 620 pound cluster warhead that can separate into five different bombs. Each bomb can target different destinations.

A missile of this type can deliver a nuclear warhead. It is not known if Iran has nuclear warheads. Since Russia, China, and North Korea – all three of which have nuclear explosive devices – designed this rocket it is possible that Iran could have a Shahab 3 missile with one or more nuclear warheads.

Shahab 3 Design Variations

Shahab 3 Exploded Diagram

Shahab 3 Truck Launching Platform

Images above taken from Global Security dot org web site.

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Article from Irish Times:

Iran to fire long-range missiles

Iran will fire long-range missiles during a naval drill in the Gulf tomorrow, a semi-official news agency reported, a show of force at a time when Iran has threatened to close shipping lanes if the West imposes sanctions on its oil exports.

Iran has long-range missile systems including the Shahab-3, which could reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East.

In the past week it has threatened to stop ships moving through the strategic Straight of Hormuz if sanctions are imposed on its oil exports over its disputed nuclear programme, increasing tension in a long-running standoff with the West.

“The Iranian navy will test several kinds of its missiles, including its long-range missiles, in the Persian Gulf on Saturday,” Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, deputy commander of the Iranian navy, told Fars news agency.

The United States and Israel have said they do not rule out military action against Iran if diplomacy fails to resolve a dispute over the country’s nuclear programme, which Tehran says is peaceful but the West says is a cover to build bomb.

Iran says it would retaliate if attacked. It started a 10-day navy drill tomorrow.

“The fire of missiles is the final part of the navy drill,” said Mr Mousavi. “The final phase of the drill is to prepare the navy for confronting the enemy in war situations.” Read report on Irish Times.

 

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US Navy has no defense against Russian supersonic anti-ship missile Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

Russia, and now maybe Iran, has got an anti-ship missile called the “Sizzler” (SS-N-27 Sizzler called “Klub” missile by the Russians) for which the US Navy has no defense.

The Sizzler or Klub missile is a multi-stage missile that flies just above the water. It flies at a subsonic speed until it reaches the range of the enemy ship’s radar, which reportedly is about 30 to 40 miles. The part with the warhead then separates. It accelerates to a supersonic speed of Mach 2.9 and zig-zags toward the target.

It’s radar is turned off making it hard to spot. Three seconds before striking the target the Sizzler turns its radar back on to home in on the target.

Russian Supersonic Klub Anti-Ship Missile

According to a year 2007 article on Bloomberg dot com the US Navy had no defense against the Sizzler missile at that time: “Navy Lacks Plan to Defend Against `Sizzler’ Missile”

As of today’s date it appears that the US Navy still does not have a defense against the supersonic anti-ship missile.

The way to develop a defense against such a weapon is to develop a similar weapon and then find a way to defeatĀ  the similar weapon. The US Navy is doing just that. It’s called the MSST (Multi-Stage Supersonic Target). However, the prototype will not be ready until the year 2014 according to the Janes dot com web site.

Excerpts from Janes dot com:

The MSST (Multi-Stage Supersonic Target is being developed to simulate the threat of next-generation surface to surface anti-ship cruise missiles – such as the Novator 34M-54E Klub, for example (SS-N-27, NATO reporting name ‘Sizzler’) – that cruise at subsonic speeds, initiate a separation, then make a supersonic dash to their intended target.

A final RFP (request for proposals) was issued in November 2007 and, competing with a bid from a Northrop Grumman/Orbital Sciences team, ATK was awarded a four-year, $97 million development contract by US Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) in early September 2008.

Two evaluation and seven development ZGQM-173A prototypes are to be built under this contract, with a first flight expected in the second quarter of 2011. Development completion is due by October 2012, after which a production decision will be taken with a view to service entry in 2014.

So the US government is provoking Iran and Russia. The US Navy has got fleets of ships in the Persian Gulf region where the enemy has got weapons for which there is no defense.

A scenario like the one described above is a sure way to get your navy sunk. You wonder what the US government could be thinking.

Iran photographs USS John Stennis in the Persian Gulf Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

Things are getting more interesting by the day.

The Iranian military says that it has photographed a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf region. It was probably the USS John C. Stennis. A news report says that the supercarrier has been re-assigned to the Persian Gulf region.

Iran boasts of surveillance of U.S. aircraft carrier as tensions with Tehran continue to rise

Iran has ramped up its war of words with the U.S. – by revealing it filmed and photographed one of its aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf.

Tensions between the two countries are escalating on an almost daily basis over Iran’s ongoing 10-day navy drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz – the passageway for one-sixth of the world’s oil supply.

Official IRNA news agency reported today that a surveillance plane obtained the footage in what has been seen as a clear indication that Iran wants to cast its navy as having a powerful role in the region’s waters. Read report on UK Daily Mail.

United States’ supercarrier the USS John C. Stennis

USS Stennis closes out one war, moves to another

BREMERTON – USS John C. Stennis sailors didn’t get much time to celebrate the end of the Iraq War before refocusing on other hostilities in the region.

The Bremerton-based aircraft carrier launched the final sortie into Iraq on Dec. 18, then headed out of the Persian Gulf toward the Arabian Sea where it can better support troops fighting in Afghanistan.

To get there, it had to sail through the narrow Strait of Hormuz, which Iran’s navy chief blustered Wednesday his country could easily close and cut off transport of one-third of the world’s oil tanker traffic.

Iran’s Navy also is in the midst of a 10-day drill in international waters near the oil route, involving submarines, missile drills, torpedoes and drones, according to The Associated Press. Read rest of the report.

Iran becomes belligerent over US’s warning not to close Strait of Hormuz Thursday, Dec 29 2011 

The Iranians are standing their ground over their threat to close the Strait of Hormuz to barge shipping if the US imposes economic sanctions on them.

Iran rejects US warning over Strait of Hormuz

The Revolutionary Guards of Iran have rejected a warning from the US not to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, saying ‘our response to threats is threats.’ Iran wants the West to drop the option of new sanctions.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have rejected a warning from the United States not to close the strategic oil transport route, the Strait of Hormuz, saying it will protect the country’s vital interests.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, a Revolutionary Guards commander, says Iran’s “response to threats is threats.”

The comments come after the US said it would not tolerate any “interference with the transit of vessels” through the Strait of Hormuz.

But Iran says it will close the Strait if the US and European Union impose fresh sanctions over Tehran’s suspected nuclear program.

Deputy President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said earlier this week that “not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait” if the West broadens its current sanctions. Read report.

 

U.S. Navy counters Iran’s war games with threats of its own Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 

TheĀ  United States Navy has issued a statement saying that it will not tolerate any interference with shipping through the Strait of Hormuz according to a Reuters report.

U.S. Fifth Fleet says won’t allow disruption in Hormuz

The U.S. Fifth Fleet said on Wednesday it will not allow any disruption of traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran threatened to stop ships moving through the strategic oil route.

“The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity,” a spokesperson for the Bahrain-based fleet said in a written response to queries from Reuters about the possibility of Iran trying to close the waterway.

“Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated.”

Asked whether it was taking specific measures in response to the threat to close the Strait, the fleet said it “maintains a robust presence in the region to deter or counter destabilizing activities,” without providing further detail. Read report on Reuters.

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Ships in the U.S. Fifth Fleet

U.S. 5th Fleet described on Wikipedia

Iran showcases domestically built torpedo, submarine, drone in naval war games Wednesday, Dec 28 2011 

Iran is showcasing its military hardware in the ongoing naval war games in the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz.

They have tested a domestically-built torpedo. They have also launched Ghadir class submarines.

Middle East news sources also say that Iran has tested a spy drone of their own.
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Iran navy test new domestically-built torpedoes on 4th day of Velayat 90 drills

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Iran tests Ajdar underwater missile during wargames

Iran has successfully tested the Ajdar underwater missile during the “Velayat 90” Naval war game, Deputy Commander of the IRI Navy Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said, IRNA reported.

Mousavi also added that so far all has been going successful, according to plans.

Earlier on Dec. 22, it was reported that the Naval war games ould be staged in a large area from the east side of the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf of Oman to the northern Indian Ocean, adding that in terms of intelligence, the maneuvers would cover a vast area stretching from the northern Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Aden.

It has also been announced that submarines of the Ghadir Class and other classes, warships, missile-firing destroyers, coast-to-sea missile systems, drones, and electronic warfare equipment will be tested during the exercises.

The commander of the Iranian Navy, Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that the war games would be conducted in the vicinity of Oman, Yemen, Pakistan, India, and northern Somalia and would be conducted in accordance with international regulations.

The maneuvers are set to display the prowess of Iran’s armed forces as well as the Navy’s defensive and deterrent power and its capability to provide security for vessels sailing on the open seas. Read report.
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Ghadir class mini submarines join Iranian Navy

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MS-29 Yono / IS-120 Ghadir Class Midget Sub

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Iranian drones operate successfully in Velayat-90 drills

Iranian Navy drones conducted successful patrolling and surveillance operations during the “Velayat-90” war games, Deputy Commander of the IRI Navy Admiral Seyyed Mahmoud Mousavi said, IRNA reported.

Admiral Mousavi made the remarks on Wednesday while talking to IRNA in the fifth day of the of the war games going on in the Hormuz Strait, the Persian Gulf to Gulf of Aden and north of the Indian Ocean.

He said that the drones operations also helped improve performance and training of the creative young people present in the drills. Mousavi also added the Iranian war planes too participated in the war game today. Read rest of report.

Russia, China have economic ties with Iran; West feels Iranian oil belongs to them Tuesday, Dec 27 2011 

You may remember back in 1979 there was a coup in Iran. The Iranians overthrew the Shah of Iran, who was a puppet for the US. The Western oil companies, which had developed the petroleum industry in Iran, were kicked out of Iran when the Shah fell.

One of the commentators in the video says that the American oil companies feel that the Iranian oil still belongs to them. That is the impetus for the hostility towards Iran.

The video explains the commercial, and possible military, ties between Russia and China, and Iran.

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Iran to start nuclear power plant this Friday Tuesday, Dec 27 2011 

We are getting closer to war it seems. The spokesperson in the video says that a by-product of a nuclear power plant is that it produces plutonium. It is not clear whether a nuclear weapon could be made with the plutonium by-product from a power plant.

World Nuclear Association article on nuclear reactor plutonium by-product: “Plutonium”

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Documentary says that Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela planning attacks against US from Mexican soil Sunday, Dec 25 2011 

One of the persons in the video says that the country of Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. Venezuela owns Citgo Oil Company.
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From the video:
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“Many believe that the US is already in a covert war with Iran. Key scientists involved in Iran’s nuclear program have been assassinated and several Iranian government buildings have been blown up.

Now Iran, according to a Univision documentary, is being aided by Venezuela and Cuba. According to the documentary, the three countries are meeting in Mexico to plot terrorist attacks in the US.”
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Global military buildup for World War III Sunday, Dec 25 2011 

In this video by Global Research TV the host James Corbett analyzes conflicts around the globe. One of the commentators in the video, Michael Chossodovsky, says that the US Congress has declared the use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield in a likely conflict with Iran as safe for the surrounding population.

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“The world’s attention is increasingly focused on Syria and Iran as the region continues to move toward military confrontation.

Less noticed, however, is that the pieces are being put into place for a truly global conflict, with military buildup taking place in every region and threatening to draw in all of the world’s major powers.”

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