Introduction – March 9, 2014
Iran continues to develop and upgrade its homegrown military technology. It is doing so in response to, and in spite of, trade embargoes and sanctions that are intended to limit its development as a military power.
The fact that long-anticipated military strikes on its nuclear program haven’t materialised yet is testimony to the failure of those efforts to prevent Iran’s development as a military power.
Although it isn’t anything like the threat the Western media once tried to convince the world that Saddam posed, as a military power Iran simply cannot be dismissed. It is not another Libya or Afghanistan or Iraq. By its own efforts it is developing into a regional power that is far more sophisticated and capable.
In contrast to its efforts to portray Saddam’s Iraq as a potent military threat, the Western media has played down Iran’s considerable progress in military technology, particularly its development of conventional weaponry.
While the Western media almost grudgingly reports Iran’s announcements about its latest achievement, it appears to be trying to minimise its growth as a military power.
It is not just the guns, missiles and tanks, although Iran has its own locally developed types and quite capable ones too. It’s the radar systems, the targeting systems, the guidance and communications systems that have been locally designed and developed that put Iran in another league to Iraq.
The disparity in the tone of Western media coverage is subtle but obvious once you know. While the corporate media may feature brief reports on Iran’s latest claimed advances these are invariably followed by words to the effect that “Iran’s claims about its military programs cannot be independently verified …” etc, etc.
Whereas in contrast reports on Iran’s supposed “Weapons of Mass Destruction” are loaded with suggestions, allegations and insinuations but few hard facts.
Therein lies a subtle yet significant difference.
Nor should we forget that 30 years ago Iran fought a long and bloody war with Iraq, which it eventually won, despite the West supplying Saddam with some of its best weapons at the time and imposing embargoes that were meant to cripple Iran’s ability to wage war.
Having learned the lesson, Iran has since redoubled efforts its efforts to develop its own military technology. So that developments like the ones announced below appear quite frequently in Iran’s press.
The Western media might ignore these announcements or dismiss them as mere propaganda but don’t be misled: Western military intelligence and planners are taking them very seriously indeed.
That’s why long-anticipated military action against Iran hasn’t materialised. Instead we’ve seen a soft war in the form of assassination of key Iranian scientists, attempts to foment insurrection, cyber-assaults and sabotage.
None of this has really worked. Leaving the West with a diminishing range of options with which to deal with the conundrum.
On the one hand it could simply leave Iran alone as it poses no threat, at least not to the West. However, given the Zionist’s hold on political power in the West and their insistence that Iran undergo regime change, that seems unlikely.
We are not going to make any predictions about what the West’s next move will be. However we shouldn’t be under any illusions contrived by the Western corporate media. Iran is developing into a formidable regional military power that would present a serious challenge to any potential adversary.
The following report simply underlines that. Iran is not another Iraq, Libya or Afghanistan. It will present a serious challenge to any potential aggressor, no matter how sophisticated and well armed.
Iran Improves Precision-Targeting of Ballistic Missiles
Fars News – March 5, 2014
“The guidance systems of (the missiles delivered to the IRGC) today enjoy the capability of striking the targets with full precision and they have a margin of error below 5 meters,” Dehqan said on the sidelines of a ceremony held to mark the mass-delivery of different ballistic missiles, including Qadr H, Qiam, Fateh 110 and Khalij-e Fars (Persian Gulf) missiles, as well as the Mersad air defense system to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base.
He said that the radar systems of the country’s ballistic missiles have been designed in a way that they can evade enemy radar systems, leaving the hostile forces unable to trace or intercept them.
“And the Qiam and Fateh missiles which were supplied to the Armed Forces today are among such missiles,” Dehqan said.
In relevant remarks in November, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Brigadier General Hossein Salami said the precision targeting of IRGC’s ballistic missiles has been improved to have a margin of error near zero now.
“Our situation has improved now because our ballistic missiles margin of error (in precision targeting) is near zero now,” General Salami said in a ceremony held in Tehran at the time.