All entrances to the strait pass through Iranian waters. Exists through Omanian waters. The only defense the have is the fact that Iran has allowed boats to pass through, and promises it won't attack them. Most US defense are rendered ineffective, due the very very short response time they'd have caused by being, in such a small space and against such attacks as mentioned above, they just are designed for it.
The fact is if war breaks out the US cannot fight in the strait, they're losses would be far far too high, they'd have to pull out to a stand off distances.
A good article on the subject. http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=28516
The guy who wrote that article is an absolute loony sociology student from Canada, he went to Libya and was holed up in the Rixos.
The main asset Iran has are these
Iran wouldn't have much or any success against aircraft carriers, etc - it would most likely just attack assets, softer targets in the region.
I'm not too up on it recently though, maybe check on the military forum.
how about instead of dismissing the guy as a 'Loony' you explain to us where he's wrong in his argument???
What is his argument? Its mainly just a factual piece.
I am just pointing out he is a loony and a sociology student, not in any way shape or form an authority on the subject. If someone comes in here with an article by Bill O'Reilly not knowing who he is - it would be normal for someone to point out that its Bill O Reilly who has a strong view/agenda to say the least.
The website.. well I have had many dealings with it in the past, its a popular choice on here due to the selective kind of blogs/opinion pieces and articles it runs.
If any aircraft carrier remains in the Strait, or the Persian gulf during open warfare, Iran has the capability to sink it. These large carrier are extremely vulnerable in such a small body of water, they are what the battleships were in the 20th century, obsolete in any kind of real conflict.
As I have mentioned before, if anyone can point out to me what defense an aircraft carrier has against 50 small boats armed with anti-missiles, 12 MIRV cruise missiles, explosive packed drones, and midget submarines armed with the latest torpedoes straight from China and Russia, all attacking in the space of 15 minutes.
The answer is, their is no counter. The ONLY question is whether Iran is capable of coordinating and keeping secret such an attack.
I'm curious about this myself, I'm going to try a post in the military forum.
Given that Israel is within striking distance things could get ugy very quickly.
Surely the Carrier isn't there by itself, the U.S. will have other vessels operating in the area directly targeting subs.
Wow you make it seem like it should be pretty easy to sink a carrier....so how many have been in sunk in say the last 50 years??
The difference being this time they may be in a body of water no more than 50KM wide, instead of 200-300 miles of the coast of a country, of course they always do have the option of moving that far out, which would probably be the best solution to the above threats, but it also has it's obvious disadvantages too. I suppose it depends on how confident the US is feeling.
Yes thats true, but again, subs aren't the only factor are indeed the main factor.
Well the Iranian's would beg to differ, and if they do allow any USS ships back into the Gulf, how do they get out?, they are sitting ducks, although I can't see the US going back in any time soon, but you never know.
Iran has 26 subs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Current_Iranian_Navy_Vessels#Submarines
3 Kilo class, which can carry some nasty missiles and torpedo's.
A few decent hits with missiles and torpedo's would sink any ship and whatever is on them,planes etc, then they have successfully tested land to sea, sea to sea, it certainly won't be a walk in the park for any US ships in the area if it does kick off and nomatter how big and bad they are they are useless lying on the sea bed.
Yes that's a good idea, and dont expect too accurate a picture over there either, Afghanistan and Iraq should have been finished long ago according to the experts.
Don't the Iranians also have their own shkvall torpedoes that the Russians helped them develop. Those things should take out a carrier fairly easily
Yes and they produce their own also,called "Hoot", reverse engineered from VA-111 Shkval.
The club S are bad boys too, Iran I believe have also made their own version also.
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