Danger Room: Busting Iran’s New Missile Bunkers

07.07.11

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by DAVID AXE

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.

Read the rest at Danger Room.

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2 Responses to “Danger Room: Busting Iran’s New Missile Bunkers”

  1. What really scared me in the clip were the staircase banisters going down into the bunker. 1970′s chic anyone ;-)

  2. Brian Black says:

    For as much as I dislike the terrible effect on the lives of regular folks, I can’t help but be fascinated by the extent of destruction and chaos caused by war, tsunami, earthquakes and the like.

    As each year has passed I’ve become increasingly, morbidly, excited by the thought of just how badly Iran is going to fair in the eventually inevitable war. It’s like watching the population of a city perched on the slopes of a rumbling volcano.
    Goodbye Iran.

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