Video still from Iran TV of IRGC-AF Su-25UBK firing Bina ("Sighted") ASM
Iran media photo of Bina ASM/SSM model 1392 (2014)
Side view close-up of Bina ASM/SSM model 1392 (2014)
Side view of Bina ASM/SSM model 1392 (2014)
Partial view of "Paveway" LGB-like semi-active laser homing seeker head
Rainy MRBM cluster warhead or MIRV dependent on various Iran media claims
Above: Iran TV presentation on Rainy MRBM and Bina ASM/SSM launches
Photos: Islamic Republic News Agency and Masregh News
I like the moderates in Iran, I really do. But isn't rather clear that they choose to move to the extreme opposite sometimes? Why should rapprochement with the West mean Iran has to halt its military progress and defense achievements?
How dumb is Iran that they think they will be allowed to have a single plane in the air against a first world air force
Now we know where they got the idea from for the "rainy" MIRV's!
In that everyone should give up their defence and surrounder!. If you have half IQ the point is deterence. That is, it is going to make it costly for this first World power to attack Iran. Once they do a simple cost/benefit analysis they will know there won't be any net gain.
What makes you think that these are for defense against first world Air Force? Last time Iran went to war was Defending against the crazy Saddam and Iraq. And Iran has been attacked by its neighbors more often than you think.
How dumb are certain people that they think Iran needs anyones permission. Iran is already flying military aircraft. Too late for your ego.
The Su-25s are under the IRGC's command, and the IRGC is in charge of military operations, in and around the Persian Gulf............
That is correct, but there are barely 13 SU-25 Frogfoots that are operational and that is barely a squadron. Iran has been unable to procure any modern aircraft since 1992 (24 MIG 29 from Russia as any more were scuttled by the drunk idiot Yeltsin due to US pressure). Iran really needs some active diplomacy to upgrade its antique airforce or it will be history as even Bahrain has modern F-16. The illiterate fleecing mullahs have been bluffing their way and luckily the US morons got bogged down in two destructive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and could not attack Iran in the last decade. However, Iran now has a window to work out some deals with Russia as the Russians themselves are now US target via Ukraine and Putin is in US gunsights after his refusal to kow tow to US over Syria.
Some Su-25s are also operated by the IRIAF.
Why the notation in military seems the same as 50 years ago? I am no expert but these days the idea evolves arounf flexible deterrence. An aircraft at $200M per unit has a limited shelf life and reeally limited use with a human pilot. The new strategy seems to align with drones and missiles that are fired and effectively forgotten. What value an aircraft has these days when I guess drones and missiles can do the same. Both require less investment and maintenance, rather than byiubg and keeping like the ones in Iran for 40 years.
What those Bahrain F-16 can do against a well prepared air defence with missiles destroying their air field in taht tiny Island before even take off. a dozen missles from Iran will practically destroy any infra-structure in Bahrain before much damage by those F-16s.
As I said I am no expert on the matter but the classic approach to hardware does not make sense anymore to me.
AnonymousFebruary 12, 2014 at 4:38 AM
Theres nothing antique about irans airforce,it has potent offensive and defensive capablities,not to mention the fact that irans ballistic missile forces give it a formidable retaliatory capability,its pretty hard to get your f16s into the air if their airbase has already been destroyed by ballistic missile salvos,and even if you managed to get some into the air irans f14s are a very potent threat whos radar and aim54 missile have just been upgraded and would most likely get off the first shot in any engagement between f16s and f14s,thats not to say that iran shouldnt try to acquire new aircraft just that at the moment its not a huge priority
Anon at 4:38 AM
The Air force will have to wait some time, however recent development in the world, created situation where the Islamic Republic has gained additional protection, because events in Ukraine prompt Russia to plan and further defend her position, by keeping the West's influence out of her remaining friendly neighbours.
As long as the crisis in Ukraine is not solved, then the West has tied its hands for any action against Syria and to other ................areas.
Finally, like it was stated in previous comments, the Russia knows, that losing Iran to the West's military influence, would translate a commencement of Russia's demise.
It will be correct to say, that the lack of sufficient numbers of attack airplanes in the Iran's Air Forces, is compensated by numerous and sophisticated arsenal of its missiles.
It would seem logical that the missile could be quite easily fitted to the air forces su-24.. most of the new equipment passes by IRGC hands before the Artesh is granted the funding to build a few of their own. A disappointing prejudice done to some of the countries most effective/professional assets IMHO.
On a side note.. the present conflict in Syria is a good example of why keeping older planes can be useful for a regime in the IRI's position. Such missiles would be a BIG upgrade to what the Assad regime has been using.. even with its most advanced fighter the mig-29, who have been seen shooting nothing but unguided rockets...
This cruise missile is the first one Iran produces which can target land position. No matter how precise Iran TBMs really are, this is an important footstep.
Lol now I can't wait to see the other cruise missile they had announced.. The one with more range then their ballistic missiles, the ability to track moving targets, and its emission of no exhaust other then rainbows!
Iran is already flying military aircraft. ----
the Su-25s are 45 year old planes that belonged to Saddam and which the Iraqis wouldn't send into combat against the US because there were useless deathtraps 10 years ago.
Not so. Iraq received Su-25s during the Iran-Iraq war. Iran not only acquired some of those in 1991 but, it also received a number of new examples in 2003.
I doubt Iran has MIRV capable missiles. "Rainy" actually refers to cluster warhead.
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