Iran Showing Military Strenght

The Iranian navy successfully test- fired a Nour missile from its first indigenously built Jamaran destroyer. The Nour missile successfully hit its target at a distance of 100 km. Iran’s navy launched the guided-missile destroyer Jamaran in February. The Jamarin is around 1,420 tons and equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities. While all the Nour missile fanfare was being broadcasted, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad paid a visit to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, in Afghanistan for talks on developing a relations between the two. This is the main reason Afghanistan is important to the U.S. It will be a central operating base if; Ahmadinejad decides to engage military action in the area.

Iran unveiled the Nasr-1 this month. This missile is able to destroy 3,000-tonne targets such as warships and capable of evading radar. It’s launched from the ground but will eventually be modified to fire from helicopters and submarines. The Jamaran destroyer was launched in February. It has a displacement of around 14,000 tons and is equipped with modern radars and electronic warfare capabilities and it’s armed with a variety of anti-ship, surface-to-surface, surface-to-air missiles and capable of firing different kinds of marine torpedoes to fight against under-water targets. It’s capable of accomplishing six simultaneous missions. In December it tested the Sejil 2 missile, describing it as a faster version of a medium-range missile that could allow it to strike Israel.

While Iran was announcing that it has produced a new type of cruise missile, a London-based intelligence service, reported that Iran is building a new rocket launch site with the assistance of North Korea. Iran denies it is seeking nuclear weapons but has regularly boasted of having missiles that can target the only nuclear power in the Middle East – Israel. The new launch site could be used to project a long-range missile, or even an icbm. The launch site could accommodate Iran’s new Simorgh, or Phoenix, rocket, unveiled February 3. Simorgh is a space-launch vehicle that could be converted into an icbm.

Iran is also capable of manufacturing S-300 defense missiles. Russia signed a contract in 2007 to sell the S-300 missile system to Iran, but it has not delivered the missiles. The S-300 system can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 kilometers (75 miles) away and is able to simultaneously engage up to 100 targets. The truck-mounted S-300PMU1, known in the West as the SA-20, can shoot down cruise missiles and aircraft. It can fire at targets up to 150 km (90 miles) away and travel at more than two km per second.

On February 14, in the presence of IAEA inspectors, Iran moved nearly all its stockpile of low-enriched nuclear fuel to an above ground plant that Tehran declared will be used to re-enrich the fuel to 20 percent purity. This was a baiting for Israel to strike, being that 4,300 pounds of low-enriched uranium sat vulnerable to destruction from an air attack or even a fire. Four years ago, Iran began enriching uranium on an industrial scale with centrifuges, machines that spin extraordinarily fast to separate uranium 235 from the more common form of the element, uranium 238. Reactor-grade fuel is usually defined as uranium 235 of about 4 or 5 percent, and bomb-grade as 90 percent or higher. Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, raised the level of uranium 235 to roughly 4 percent from its natural concentration of 0.7 percent.

Feb. 7, Iran announced it would begin enriching its stockpiled uranium to 20 percent. This move to 20 percent from 4 percent was too easy. Three days later, France, Russia and the United States criticized Iran’s move as an “escalation.” In a new report, the International Atomic Energy Agency also confirmed that Iran has increased the enrichment level of some of its uranium, moving the Islamic republic a step closer to being able to make weapons-grade nuclear fuel. This action has Obama and his administration totally lost.

Earlier this week U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Afghanistan. Gates had expressed concern about Ahmadinejad’s visit. Gates accused Iran of playing a “double game” in Afghanistan by professing support for the Kabul government while undermining U.S.-led military efforts to stabilize the country. Do the Obama New Media cover this, NO? Their job is to keep American attention on things like, Obama and Rahm, Michelle Obama and obesity in children, Oscars and 3D movies. They keep us entertained while Ahmadinejad build up his military, make a deal with Karzai, work on nuclear enrichments and test fire his weapons.

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