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We’ve built a flying saucer,
boasts Iran (even if it does
look like it belongs
in a 1950s B-movie)
YEAH THEY GOT STEALTH TOO
THEY BE CRAZY OR WHAT ?
It’s not clear how far or how high it can fly – or even how
big it is and what makes it take off.
But an aircraft created by scientists in Iran is,
they claim, the world’s first flying saucer.
Called the Zohal – or Saturn in English – it said
the unmanned spaceship is designed for ‘aerial imaging’
but added it can be used for ‘various missions’.
The hardline Fars news agency illustrated its story with a
photo of a flying saucer, akin to one appearing in a 1950s
Hollywood B-movie, hovering over an unidentified wooded landscape.
The reports gave no indication of the spaceship’s size.
But they indicated it was small by claiming, somewhat
bizarrely, that it can also fly indoors.
‘Easy transportation and launch and flying, making
less noise, are some of the advantages
of the device,’ said ISNA, Iran’s students’ news agency.
‘The device belonging to the new generation
of vertical flyers is designed for aerial photography.
‘It is equipped with autopilot, image stabiliser
and GPS and has a separate system for aerial
recording with full HD quality!’
Iran, which prides itself on its 2,500 year-old civilisation,
is also keen to show that it is at the cutting edge of modern science.
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IRNA – Islamic Republic News Agency
Iran has successfully tested a radar-evading aircraft, a commander said on Sunday, in the country’s latest announcement of technological advances as it marks the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
The semi-official Fars News Agency, citing senior air force official Aziz Nasirzadeh, said the prototype of a radar-evading aircraft named Swordfish had been test-flown.
“The prototype of this aircraft … Completed all radar evading characteristics considered by us,” he said. “We are evaluating the data from the test flight and it will go into production after completing additional tests.”
Iran is embroiled in a dispute with the West over its nuclear program and often makes announcements of progress in its military capabilities, in an apparent attempt to show its readiness to respond to any military attack.
On Saturday, it officially started production of two new missiles, state media said, three days after it launched a rocket which can carry a satellite.
During the Feb. 1-11 period, Iran marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah.
THIS IS FROM A IRANIAN PRESS RELEASE, THEY SAY ALOT OF THINGS ?
IRAN SHOULD BACK DOWN
The secrecy of Israel’s missile program parallels that of its nuclear weapons program. Even the name of the missile program is disputed. The “Jericho” designation is reported by some analysts to be the original name given to the contract signed between France and Israel.
WHY ISRAEL WILL decisively defeat IRAN if there is an all-out war.
1.Israel has more than 200 atomic devices vs Iran which may have 1 soon.Even if Iran bought nuclear devices from other rogue states, the retaliation from Israel would be the equivalent of 2,000 plus hiroshimas.
2.The 200 plus Israeli atomic devices are unstoppable by Iran i.e. up to 80 can be launched by submarines and the rest by ICBM or F-15s or F-16s
3.Israel has the world?s most advanced anti-ICBM missle umbrella which may be impenetrable by Iranian Shahib missles . Iran can only deliver their 1-2 atomic warheads by ICBMs with no other delivery capabilities.
4.Israel has a satellite system with multiple types of spy satellites which have reached the limit of possible resolution (defraction limit) generally thought to be about 10 centimeters and their satellite system is all weather. Together with their advanced UAV capabilities , this allows Israel to possess the most detailed photos and real-time imaging of all Iranian military installations .
5.The military technologic difference between Israel and Iran is wide.
Israel has about 10% of the world-wide arms export market which based solely on merit and immensely competitive. IF anything, it is nothing short of a miracle and a tremendous tribute to Israel (jewish ) expertise that they sell to so many countries which never take the side of Israel in any dispute. There are those ,who imply much of Israel?s technological edge is due to massive American aid. However, that aid also has restrained the development of Israeli military technology. American military contractors regularly and understandably, attempt to undermine Israeli sale of military technology when it is in direct competition with American contractors? efforts to sell abroad.
Israel might have double the foreign military technologic sales if the US had never blanketly prohibited Israel selling directly to PRC. This is understandable.
Iran sells nothing in world wide arms market. Their highly publicized Shahib 3 missle is nothing but a supped up version of the the 63 year old V2 Nazi ballistic missle. Israel supplies Israeli-developed military technology to most of the world?s top militaries including the USA, India, and China. China’s J10 fighter is thought to be modeled on Israel?s Lavi.,the Israeli developed Jet fight.
In terms of MBTs, Israel possesses 1500 consisting entirely of the modern highly regarded Merkava. Iran has approx. 500 all obsolete models including the T 72. In front-line aircraft Israel has approximately 800 with more than 500 being upgraded F15s and F16s. Israel also possesses in air refueling capabilities. Iran has about 250 front-line combat aircraft consisting mostly of obsolete older US and Russian fighters. It has no known in air refueling capability.
Israel also is way ahead in production and use of UAVs and sells various models to many countries including Great Britain. There are other areas of military technology Israel is far more advanced than Iran.
The detailed report compiled by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington last month, complete with graphs and diagrams, has been reprinted in thousands of copies in Tehran.
It is compulsory reading for its intelligence and Revolutionary Guards personnel because the Study on a Possible Israeli Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Development Facilities concludes that the Jewish state has all the resources necessary for a successful strike.
When asked recently, Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint US Chiefs of Staff, agreed with this estimate. This week, president Shimon Peres and prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu both said that if diplomcy failed to halt Iran’s nuclear activities, Israel would be left with no option other than the military one. And Tuesday, April 14, the New York Times quoted an Israeli official as saying that Jerusalem would give the Obama administration until late 2009 to stop Iran’s uranium enrichment projects; after that, Israel will be forced to act.
For the past three years, US military and intelligence sources have used attributed and leaked assessments to the American media to emphasize that such an operation is beyond Israel’s capabilities because of the nuclear facilities’ wide distribution across Iran. At best, they maintained, the Israeli Air Force might knock out a few Iranian nuclear installations, but only enough to put Iran’s nuclear drive temporarily on hold.
The CSIS paper refutes this assessment and maintains there is no need to destroy dozens or hundreds of sites; the destruction of seven to nine targets would be enough to cripple the Iranian program, and lists them as follows:
1. Lashkar A’bad, site of secret uranium enrichment plants in the north near the Turkish border.
2. Tehranb, for the central laboratory for developing atomic armaments as well as more uranium enrichment facilities.
3. Arak, in central Iran, where a heavy water plant is under construction to manufacture plutonium for weapons.
4. Isfahan, in central Iran, near which a small research reactor and a cluster of laboratories for uranium enrichment, centrifuges and weapons development, are situated.
5. Natanz, the main center for uranium enrichment.
6. Ardekan, at the southern tip of Iran, where more uranium enrichment facilities are located.
7. Saghand, Iran’s main uranium mining region.
8. Bushehr, on the Persian Gulf shore, Iran’s biggest nuclear reactor built by Russia.
9. Gachin, near the Strait of Hormuz, the site of more uranium mines and enrichment facilities.
Complicated tables set forth an array of technical details showing how many PG bombs Israeli Air Force F16I or F15F bomber-fighter planes can carry, how much fuel is needed to reach their Iranian targets, and at what stage of their return journey they would need to refuel.
This think tank finds Israel has enough aircraft as well as the necessary intelligence and electronic resources for the task – contrary to previous estimates.
The authors propose three attack routes for a potential Israeli operation against Iran: an eastern route over Saudi Arabia; a central route over Iraq, and a northern route over Turkey, Syria and northern Iraqi Kurdistan. They point to the third as Israel’s best option in view of the superiority of its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities.
Israel continues to maintain a powerful arsenal of “Jericho” ballistic missiles, capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to any point in the Middle East. Israel is also pursuing a military satellite program and has deployed several batteries of the Arrow missile defense system to shield against the missiles of its neighbors. Israel maintains a sizeable arsenal of ballistic missiles that would enable it to deliver an offensive or retaliatory nuclear strike against any potential regional target. The core of Israel’s arsenal is its fleet of two-stage “Jericho” missiles. Israel’s Jericho-I missile is estimated to be capable of carrying a 450 to 650-kilogram payload up to 500 kilometers, and the Jericho-II of carrying a 750 to 1,000-kilogram payload considerably more than 1,500 kilometers. It is estimated that the Jericho III entered service by 2008.
The Jericho III is believed to have a three-stage solid propellant and a payload of 1,000 to 1,300 kg. It is possible for the missile to be equipped with a single 750 kg nuclear warhead or two or three low yield MIRV warheads. It has an estimated launch weight of 29,000 kg and a length of 15.5 m with a width of 1.56 m. It likely is similar to an upgraded Shavitspace launch vehicle. It will probably have longer first and second-stage motors. It is estimated that it will have a range of 4,800  to 7,000 km (2,982 to 4,350 miles), and probably significantly greater with a payload of 350kg (one Israeli nuclear warhead). It is believed that the Jericho 3 is inertial guided with a radar guided warhead and silo-based with mobile vehicle and railcar capabilities.
The Jericho 3 will give Israel nuclear strike capabilities within the entire Middle East and Europe. The range of the Jericho 3 also provides an extremely high impact speed for nearby targets, enabling it to avoid any ballistic missile defenses that may develop in the immediate region.
If Israel chose to take military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities, it might opt not to send IAF jets on a mission but rather use its arsenal of medium-range ballistic missiles, a report published by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said Tuesday.
The Jericho III, Israel’s most advanced version of its custom-designed ballistic missile, is capable of carrying a 1,000-1,300 kilogram conventional payload or a 750kg nuclear warhead over a distance of up to 7,000 kilometers. With a smaller 350kg nuclear warhead, the missle’s range can be extended even further.
According to the NCIS report, 42 missiles would be enough to “severely damage or demolish” Iran’s core nuclear sites at Natanz, Esfahan and Arak.
“If the Jericho III is fully developed and its accuracy is quite high then this scenario could look much more feasible than using combat aircraft,” the NCIS report said.
The report also predicted that a Jericho salvo on Iran might draw an Iranian counter-attack with its own Shihab ballistic missiles. The Islamic republic might also take action against Europe and other countries, by choking off oil exports, hitting US assets in the Gulf, or ordering proxy groups like Hizbullah to attack Jewish targets outside Israel.
With regard to regional Arab states, the report claims such countries would not condone any attack on Iran, even though a nuclear Iran threatens them as well. However Israel’s reported arsenal of some 200-300 nuclear weapons would make it hard for the Jewish State to label Iran as an existential threat.
Israel’s presence in the Golan Heights and the West Bank, perceived as an occupation, would also make it hard for Arab states to side with Israel in any regional conflict, according to the report.
Iran’s determination to acquire nuclear weapons, the NCIS report said, is correlated to the degree to which it sees Israel as a threat to the survival of the regime there. The report assessed that Iran would withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty based on the argument that it needs to acquire nuclear weapons to protect it from aggression by Israel and the US.
The range of the Jericho 3 also provides an extremely high impact speed for nearby targets, enabling it to avoid any Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) defenses that may develop in the immediate region. The Jericho 3 is believed to payload of 1,000 to 1,300 kg. It is possible for the missile to be equipped with a single 750 kg nuclear warhead or two or three low yield MIRV warheads. It has an estimated launch weight of 29,000 kg and a length of 15.5 m with a width of 1.56 m. It is a three-stage solid propellant missile. It is believed that the Jericho 3 is inertial guided with a radar guided warhead and silo-based with mobile vehicle and railcar capabilities
A different system, which can also be deployed with the MLRS platform is the ground-launched version of the IMI Delilah precision attack loitering missile. The Air to Ground version of this missile, known as “Hanit” (spear) is already deployed with the Israel Air Force, IMI is offering a ground launched version of the missile. To demonstrate A ground launch capability, the company recently launched a booster-augmented version of the missile,. The rocket booster provides initial acceleration and altitude positioning the missile in optimal conditions to start the jet engine and for the cruise phase.
Israel has developed LORA (Long Range Artillery Rocket), which is similar to the U.S. ATACMS. Each LORA missile weighs 1.23 tons and carries a half ton warhead. With a range of 300 kilometers, GPS guidance is used to land the warhead within 30 feet of the aim point. You can get a LORA missile on a target within ten minutes of the order being given.
Delilah-GL’s (the ground version) and -SL (for the naval version) missiles are offering surface-to-surface attack capability with the same performance as the air to ground attack missile. Delila GL is designed for operation from standard artillery rocket systems, such as IMI’s autonomous rocket launchers, carrying two missiles each. The missile can also be used to accurately engage surface vessels at sea, with precision and ranges exceeding all current coastal defenses.
Delilah-GL has a maximum range of 150 km using autonomous navigation and guidance. With a modular design that provides high operational flexibility, including loitering and re-attack with man-in-the-loop control capability, Delilah provides a cost effective weapon capable of engaging maneuvering and relocated targets at high precision, ensuring target engagement and destruction with pinpoint accuracy during day, night and adverse weather.
Israel also possesses the U.S.-supplied Lance missile. The Lance is a liquid-fueled, short-range, mobile, nuclear-capable missile with a range of 130 kilometers and a payload capacity of at least 210 kilograms.
According to a report by the Congressional Research Service, Israel had deployed, Jericho missiles on mobile launchers and on underground wheeled transporter-erector-launchers or railroad flat cars.
In October 2003, the Los Angeles Times, citing Israeli and U.S. officials, reported that Israel had modified the American-supplied submarine-based Harpoon anti-ship missile to carry nuclear warheads.
Iran better back down and Syria if they know what’s good for them should stay out of any possible conflict.
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