A few days before the attack on tankers, Iran presented its Khordad 15 air defense system, which is no worse than the S-350 Vityaz.
On Friday, the US Central Command reported that a missile destroyer was being sent to the Gulf of Oman in connection with the attack on tankers.
– The US Navy ship Mason (DDG 87) is on its way to the scene to assist, – said the CENTCOM press service.
It is noteworthy that the first about the incident, which occurred on Thursday and quickly became news number 1 for the world media, told the Iranian television channel Al-Alam, after which the US Navy confirmed Tehran’s information. And the next US military reported on photos and videos, from which it follows that the Iranian security forces were related to the explosions of two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
Meanwhile, exactly a month ago, on May 12, a similar attack on tankers in the port of Fujairah of the United Arab Emirates took place. Then two ships came under attack – just as many as now. Therefore, we can safely talk about the planned multi-way operation of unknown forces.
As you know, responsibility for security in the Gulf region, including the “neck” – the Strait of Hormuz, was assumed by America, which imposed blocking sanctions against Iran. And that, in turn, threatened to block international shipping near its shores and cut off deliveries to the external market of about 18.5 million barrels of Middle Eastern oil and oil products, which is approximately 20% of world production.
Washington, we will remind, promised to start a war, if Tehran “goes over the red line”, that is, it will begin to sink ships with oil.
So that Tehran would not have doubts about the firmness of the American position, the Pentagon sent a carrier strike group led by the USS Abraham Lincoln (Nimitz class) to the Middle East. From its side, F-18E and F-18F Super Hornet fighters can strike Persia. Steam catapults will allow them to carry the maximum combat load by reducing the fuel reserves required for takeoff from traditional airfields.
The air wing of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln is supported by a Ticonderoga class cruiser and three Arleigh Burke class destroyers, which carry several hundred Tomahawk cruise missiles in their arsenals. Plus, near Iran, there are four strategic bomber B-52H Stratofortress.
According to the calculations of the Pentagon, they will take over the suppression of the Iranian air defense network, including the S-300PMU-2 air defense missile system batteries. After that, flocks of American aircraft and missiles will have to “bomb” the country into the Stone Age. This is how stars and stripes generals see their “fair” mission.
So, B-52H Stratofortress should play the most important role in US aggression. On the other hand, if instead of S-300PMU-2, Iranians would have S-400 Triumph complexes, then America would need to increase the strike power of strategic bombers, at least twice, in order to ensure destruction of Tehran’s air defense. But the United States today does not have additional aircraft of this type, both because of the aging fleet, as a result of repair and modernization.
That is why there was a lot of noise about the rumors about the alleged sale by Moscow to Tehran of the S-400 air defense system. At first, many media outlets wrote that Iran had asked Russia to make lower-case deliveries of the Triumph, but the Russian Federation refused. Then the failed buyers and sellers took turns making statements: the first that they did not ask, the second – that they would not sell.
Against this background, on June 9, Tehran presented its newest anti-missile platform, Khordad 15, and four days later, two tankers caught fire in the Gulf of Oman near the coast of Iran. In this regard, it is important to understand whether the new Persian anti-aircraft missile system has changed the alignment of forces in the Near and Middle East? If so, then wait for the continuation of the tanker war in the near future?
According to the Iranian side, Khordad 15 is a continuation of a series of air defense missile systems based on the Bavar 373 system, which was introduced in 2012 – seven years ago. The term is quite sufficient to revolutionize the technical capabilities of missile interception.
It seems that the Persians have made a serious step forward in military technology. Thus, a new radar was installed in the radar on the base of a passive phased array antenna, thanks to which Khordad 15 can detect even stealth fighters and inconspicuous missiles, including cruise missiles. In any case, Brigadier General Amir Khatami, Minister of Defense, told about this, presenting the novelty of the Iranian military industrial complex.
– Khordad 15 is capable of striking both manned and unmanned combat aircraft at a range of up to 120 km using ground-to-air missiles Sayyad-3, – Khatami said. In addition, the general boasted that the new air defense system had everything necessary to destroy aircraft with electronic warfare at ranges up to 45 km, as well as F-35A stealth fighters. Moreover, it is able to simultaneously track and intercept up to six targets.
If you believe the Iranian general, the Khordad 15 air defense system corresponds in its characteristics to our S-350 Vityaz complex, although it is visually more similar to the American Patriot platform.
Most likely, Tehran localized and, possibly, partially modernized the North Korean system KN-06, which in the DPRK began to “stamp” in 2017. Therefore, we can assume that the launch of interceptor missiles from the Khordad 15 complex is carried out according to the “cold start” technology.
However, this is only speculation, but South Korean and American intelligence said that the KN-06 air defense system has a powder catapult, which throws a rocket to a height of 25-35 meters, after which the marching engine is activated. Given the long-standing scientific and technical cooperation of Pyongyang and Tehran, the Iranians, for sure, have mastered this technology, which allows them to shoot down even low-flying missiles in close proximity.
In other words, the US can get into trouble if it starts a war against Tehran. Of course, provided that everything said by General Amir Khatami corresponds to reality.
It is obvious that the Khordad 15 air defense system is changing the concept of Iran as a country that is unable to adequately respond to the emergence of technologically sophisticated weapons among its opponents. However, even if Tehran has “embellished” the capabilities of the new anti-missile platform, the Americans will in any case be forced to reckon with Khatami’s statements. That is, the Yankees will begin to recount the military plans, make requests to their intelligence services, transfer additional forces to the shores of Persia.
Thus, the Iranians, having shown the Khordad 15 complex on June 9, won precious time, having turned the arrows of the beginning of the war back. By the way, this practice was followed by the DPRK in critical situations for itself.
The fact is that Tehran has an extremely weak air force. In the event of a real war, it will lose control of its sky in a matter of hours. The Persians, with only two squadrons of the MiG-29, would have to fight with about 300 American fighter planes based in the Persian Gulf.
In fairness, the new Khordad 15 anti-aircraft missile system has not yet been put on stream, so we are talking about an experimental batch. How much time will pass to manufacture new air defense systems in the required quantity is unclear. But years will surely pass. At the same time, the S-300PMU-2 batteries in Iran’s missile defense can hit only 32 targets at the same time, which clearly does not reflect the needs of the national army to protect the sky. There is no doubt that the Americans will destroy their first massive volleys.
Plus, Khordad 15 does not go to any comparison with the S-400, even if it is assumed that General Amir Khatami has reported reliable data. The Russian Triumph air defense system strikes the enemy’s missiles three times farther and reloads six times faster.
In any case, the United States, will be forced to double-check all the information about Khordad 15 before launching the barbaric bombing of Iran, which is certainly not ready to repel aggression. In the meantime, without any evidence, the US will accuse the Persians of unleashing a secret tanker war, after all, world public opinion does not support America’s moves against Tehran. All this can lead to a humanitarian catastrophe of universal proportions.