Iranian Website Decsribes its Response to a Military Attack (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 03/23/12)
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As speculation continues about whether Israel, with our without the
United States, will launch a military strike on Iran’s nuclear
facilities, an Iranian website described how the Islamic Republic
would repulse a ground attack against it.
The report on the website was translated into English by t he Middle
East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
On March 15 the website Mashreq News, which is close to security
circles in Iran, cited statements by Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps (IRGC) Al-Qods Forces commander Qassem Suleimani, who
tauntingly declared at a March 13 ceremony that his “regime´s
military forces will work determinedly, with honor and national
force, and will demonstrate their zeal in facing any blind attack
from the enemy.”
The statement elaborated on Suleimani’s remarks, describing in detail
how the IRGC would repel a ground attack on Iran, including a list of
the means of warfare it would use.
According to the website, the account is based on the IRGC´s latest
military maneuvers in eastern Iran and assumes that the country would
be invaded from the east. The maneuvers included mechanized infantry,
armored forces, helicopters and concealed forces.
MEMRI’s analysis noted that what is remarkable about this article is
that, while all assessments and predictions published in the media in
recent months have envisioned a surgical Western air strike on Iran´s
nuclear facilities, Mashreq discussed an extensive ground attack in
eastern Iran, stressing the country´s ability to repel such an attack
by listing the weapons systems in its possession.
The article is presumably intended to calm the fears of Iran´s
citizens over a potential strike against the country. However, beyond
the failure to address the most plausible threat of an air strike on
Iran´s nuclear facilities, the outdated military equipment attributed
to the IRGC may indicate Iran´s military inferiority, at least in
terms of its ground capability, MEMRI notes.
The article’s main points, as outlined by MEMRI, is that the IRGC
forces will use remotely operated and controlled equipment, such
as "smart mines" and anti-personnel bounding mines that have been
modified to combat enemy vessels.
IRGC forces will use a combined force of T-72 tanks and troops
equipped with semi-heavy arms and rocket launchers. The tanks will be
concealed underground and will be capable of deploying quickly from
their hiding places to overtake the enemy and destroy its targets, as
simulated in recent IRGC maneuvers.
According to Mashreq, the tank´s 125-millimeter, automatic loading
2A46M cannon and its "extremely lethal weaponry," the APFSDS (armor-
piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot), will be highly effective
in destroying or disabling enemy tanks.
The IRGC forces will also employ BMP-2 armored personnel carriers
(APCs), which carry a 30-millimeter automatic cannon and launchers
for Soviet made AT-5 and AT-4 second generation wire-guided antitank
missiles. The APCs are equipped with an Iranian-made Tousan missile
and also feature defense systems against chemical, biological, and
radiological WMDs, and a masking system to evade enemy laser-guided
The website explained that all these assets can evade enemy detection
with stealth abilities, including reducing their heat and radar
Mashreq explained that during the recent maneuvers, the IRGC forces
were assisted by light motorcycle units armed with light and semi-
heavy weapons, such as shoulder-fired and surface-to-air missiles.
These units, which conceal themselves in different areas, emerge from
hiding at the appropriate time, surprise the enemy, and are expected
to inflict heavy losses.
Aerial support for the troops will be provided by (Bell AH-1) Cobra
and Mil Mi-17 helicopters, Mashreq said. The Cobra attack helicopters
will provide aerial support for ground troops. They are armed with 20-
millimeter cannon, Haidar-70 (sic.) rockets, and a new generation of
Toophan missiles that can be used to attack the enemy from a distance
of several kilometers.
The Mil Mi-17 helicopters, which can carry some 30 soldiers, will be
used for quick transport, and possess significant firepower thanks to
their ability to carry six medium-range rockets on each side as well
as semi-heavy machine guns.
The website also noted that the recent maneuvers included simulating
the defense of ground units from aerial attack. This defense was
provided by shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and SAM-6 anti-
aircraft missile systems, and by artillery mounted on tanks and APCs,
which is expected to provide a maximal effective aerial coverage of
two-and-a-half to three kilometers.
The SAM-6 missile system tested in these maneuvers is expected to
overcome enemy aircraft. Its missiles have a range of up to 25
kilometers and are effective for targets up to 14 kilometers in
On Thursday, Vice Premier and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe
Yaalon said that Iran´s nuclear program is the leading global
"The main threat to regional and world stability comes from Tehran
and the Iranian regime," Yaalon stressed during a visit in a high
school in Kiryat Haim.
"Imagine what it would do upon achieving such capability," Yaalon
said, adding, "The nuclear umbrella will not just open against us,
but against the United States."
Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel and the U.S.
disagree on what would be a realistic timetable for stopping Iran
from obtaining nuclear weapons.
In an interview Thursday, Barak said Israel and the U.S. agree on the
final objective of preventing Iran from building nuclear weapons, but
that “the difference between us and the U.S. is the perspective on
timetables.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/23/12)
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