First, there was the undetectable, ship-killing flying boat. Next, a brand-new jet fighter equal to the U.S. F/A-18. After that, a stealth fighter capable of striking Israel. Then a killer drone nicknamed the “ambassador of death.”
Iran’s got a long history of developing homegrown weapons. Now we can add an allegedly-impenetrable missile silo to the list. Thing is, Iran’s homemade hardware — silos included — is never as impressive as Tehran claims. And in each case, the U.S. already has a countermeasure.
Iranian authorities unveiled the missile bunkers as part of a recently-completed, 10-day military exercise. The silos (depicted above) were built starting 15 years ago, according to Iranian state TV. “Iran claims the sites can withstand direct attacks and allow for simultaneous mass firings of its Shahab-3 and Sajjil-2 missiles, allegedly capable of hitting Israel and U.S. bases in the region,” the Associated Press reported.
If history is any guide, the silos will be significantly less tough than advertised. The flying boats, for one, are little more than World War I-level technology. The new jet is a revamped American F-5 from the 1960s. The stealth fighter has only appeared in model form. The killer drone was really just a rudimentary cruise missile. None of these warplanes would be a match for U.S. fighters and Aegis warships.
By the same token, the U.S. Air Force already has a weapon ideally suited to taking out Iran’s silos, plus another on the way.