Introduction — Oct 12, 2015
Only a few years ago a U.S. led military strike on Iran seemed imminent. However it never happened, in part because of developments like the one reported below.
With little outside help Iran has put considerable effort into developing its own advanced defensive hardware: resulting in sophisticated radar systems, missile guidance systems and missiles like the one in the following report.
Consequently a U.S. led assault on Iran now looks unlikely. Iran is not another Iraq, it is far more powerful and militarily more capable. The powers that be want a global conflict and they don’t want the U.S. getting bogged down, or maybe even defeated, in a conflict with Iran. Instead they want global war, not debilitating regional conflicts. So the U.S. is now focused on Russia as a potential adversary.
However, U.S. actions toward Iran over the past few years means that if conflict does erupt between Russia and the U.S., Moscow will find a willing and useful ally in Tehran.
Iran test-fires new generation long-range ballistic missiles, state media report
Tim Hume — CNN Oct 12, 2015
Iran has successfully test-fired a new, precision guided, long-range missile, state media reported Sunday.
The Emad (Pillar) surface-to-surface missile, designed and built by Iranian experts, is the country’s first long-range missile that can be precision-guided until it reaches its target, said Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan, Iran’s defense minister.
“To follow our defense programs, we don’t ask permission from anyone,” he said, according to state-run news agency IRNA.
The new rocket is “capable of scrutinizing the targets and destroying them completely,” IRNA reported.
The Emad would be Tehran’s first precision-guided missile with the range to reach its enemy, Israel.
Israel is bitterly opposed to Iran’s nuclear program, and observers have speculated that it could be prepared to launch pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear sites in an effort to derail their progress.
Dehqan said following the launch that the Emad would greatly increase Iran’s strategic deterrence capability, state media reported.
Anthony Cordesman, a researcher at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in October last year that the Emad was a variant of Iran’s existing Shahab-3 long-range missile, “but with a maneuvering reentry vehicle to improve system accuracy and complicate missile defense.”
The liquid-propelled rocket had a range of 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) and was accurate to within 500 meters (1,640 feet) of the target.