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Iran’s ‘Great Prophet’ Military Drill: A Display of the Obsolete?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Iran’s current three-day military drill, understood as a thinly-veiled and defiant response to the newest round of EU sanctions on its petroleum industry, may be having the opposite effect, as more experts are coming to the conclusion that Iran’s incessant sabre-rattling and bellicosity seek to mask the obsolete and impotent state of its armed forces.

The military maneuvers, dubbed ‘Great Prophet 7,’ tested “dozens of short, medium, and long-range missiles,” according to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, including its Shahab-3 medium range missile, which – with a range of 2000 km – is purported to be able to hit Israel. The exercise is intended to demonstrate Iran’s ability to retaliate to a US or Israeli attack. But how much of a threat to Israel does an Iranian retaliation really pose?

Tal Inbar, head of the Fisher Institute for Space Studies, interviewed by Israel’s Channel 2, said that the drill revealed no upgrade in the Islamic Republic’s military capability, and instead, was a display of “obsolete” Shahab-3 missiles “that we first saw in the late-’90s, with a shorter range of around 1,300-1,400 km.” The other missiles fired, said Inbar, were of an even shorter range, and cannot reach Israel.

Inbar suggested that these weapons have been outpaced by Israel’s continuously developing defense capabilities, such as the Arrow anti-missile defense system. And he says that comments by Iranian officials that they possess the means to penetrate US and Israeli missile defense systems are false, and are said more for domestic propaganda purposes.

Inbar’s assessments echo those of Anthony Cordesman and Alexander Wilner in their December 2011 in-depth analysis for the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled “Iran and the Gulf Military Balance.”

Cordesman and Wilner assert that not only is Iran’s military power neutralized by US and Israeli capabilities, but it is also eclipsed by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – which is comprised of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates UAE. “Iran’s air assets have aged considerably in comparison with those of its Gulf neighbors…while the air forces of the member states of the [GCC] are more advanced than Iran’s,” they write. “Iran lags badly behind the Gulf states in modernizing its air forces.”

As for the threat posed by Iran’s inventory of Surface-to-Air Missiles, Cordesman and Wilner state that “Iran has extensive surface-to-air missile assets, but most are obsolete or obsolescent. All of these systems are poorly netted, have significant gaps and problems in their radars and sensors, and are vulnerable to electronic warfare.” Russia, which is Iran’s only potential source for such weaponry, has consistently failed to follow through on a variety of proposed transactions to modernize Iran’s forces.

Arriving at much the same conclusion as Inbar, Cordesman and Wilner state that “in spite of constant propaganda claims to the contrary, Iran has as yet been unable to create national defense industries that can produce the range of systems required.”

Nevertheless, both sources caution against underestimating Iran’s resolve and determination in retaliating against a military attack with any and all means at its disposal.

Crossing the Jordan River

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

IDF ground forces practice river crossing. The drill included soldiers from combat engineering, tanks, artillery and infantry units.

Turkey Threatens Firms Bidding for Greek Cypriot Gas

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Turkey warned 15 companies that submitted bids in a Greek Cypriot tender for oil exploration in a disputed areas of the Mediterranean, to pull out of the project, reported the Turkish Daily News.

“The companies which cooperate with GKRY (the Greek Cypriot administration) will not be included in energy projects in Turkey in the future,” a Foreign Ministry statement said yesterday.

According to Greek Cyprus, 29 companies made 15 bids for exploratory drilling in a second round of licensing to exploit offshore oil and gas off the shore of Cyprus. Israel’s Delek, ATP of the US, Russia’s Novatec, Italy’s ENI, France’s Total, Malaysia’s Petronas, Canada’s Petra Petroleum, and Britain’s Vitol are among the 15 firms and consortiums seeking drill.

Israel, US Postpone Drill as Relations with Iran Intensify

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The much-publicized joint defense drill planned between Israel and the United States has been postponed in the wake of quickly escalating tensions between the two countries and Iran.

The decision to delay ‘Austere Challenge 12’ for six months was made by Washington, which felt tensions in the Middle East would be ramped up by a display of the allies’ military maneuverings.  The drill is scheduled to be the largest joint military exercise to ever take place between the nations, will include approximately 5,000 soldiers from Israel and the US, and will simulate a ballistic missile strike on Israel in order to test the country’s missile defense systems.

Recent days and weeks have seen an increase in speculation that Israel is preparing to bomb Iranian nuclear targets, with a top Iranian nuclear scientist killed in a car bomb on January 11. Following that attack, the 5th such assassination of an Iranian scientist in 2 years, Tehran submitted a letter to Washington accusing the CIA of committing the bombing.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil supply route.  The United States passed a message to Iran on Sunday that blocking the waterway would constitute a “red line” over which Iran could not cross without an American response.

Israel, US Postpone Joint Military Drill

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Israel and the United States have announced the postponement of their much-hyped joint anti-missile military drill due to “technical” reasons.

Neither the White House nor the IDF elaborated on what “logistical” problems delayed the drill, dubbed “Austere Challenge”, but it is thought that a delay of a few months will provide the Obama administration more time to prove that its sanctions regime against Iran are working. Israel Public Radio, citing military sources, reported that the exercises would be delayed to the end of 2012.

 

IDF Chief of Staff: We May Have to Attack Gaza

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will be required to launch a significant offensive strike on Gaza if rocket attacks against Israeli citizens from the Hamas-controlled region do not come to an end, IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee on Tuesday.

“Such a measure needs to be proactive and organized, under Israeli control and not dragging on,” Gantz said.  He added that there is a chance of renewed violence by Arabs in Judea and Samaria.

On Saturday, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted and destroyed a rocket firing post erected in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis which was poised to fire missiles into Israel.  One terrorist was killed and seven injured.

Egypt warned Hamas in recent weeks that if rocket attacks against Israelis continue, Israel will launch an operation in Gaza.

On Sunday, Gantz oversaw an army drill in which the Combat Engineer Corps practiced responding to enemy infiltration and the capture of an Israeli soldier.  Fighter jets and elite army units took part in the drill.

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