Saturday, June 22, 2013

Iran Boasts That It's 'Carrier Killer' Has Been Improved

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Iran’s “Carrier Killer” Missile Improves Accuracy -- Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

Iran has improved the accuracy of its supersonic anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM), the Khalij-e Fars (Persian Gulf), considerably, an Iranian military official said earlier this week.

As previously reported, the Khalij-e Fars is a solid-fuel ASBM with a range of 300 km when carrying a 650-kg payload. Iranian officials have depicted it as a way to deny extra-regional navies—read the U.S. Navy— the ability to operate close to Iranian shores, including in the Strait of Hormuz.

In remarks to Iranian media outlets, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Division, said that Iran’s “defense experts” had increased the precision of the Khalij-e Fars from 30 meters to 8.5 meters.

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My Comment: I have learned to be very skeptical of Iranian claims .... but .... I am not the one who is serving on U.S. warships in the region. I suspect that US naval planners are assuming that Iran's capabilities are better than what they are boasting and that should Iran block the Strait of Hormuz .... expect high casualties in trying to unblock it.

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