Arms Race II: From Russia with Love

Cold War Redux – Russians arming Iran, Syria and by extension their terrorist proxy groups with advanced arms.

Billions pouring into Russian pockets as it re-weaponizes the Mideast.

Murder for hire might be one way to describe recent Russian arms dealings in regards to Iran & Syria. In fact the Russian journalist who broke some of these weapons sales stories was apparently murdered for his efforts, or should we say he died mysteriously? Facing increasing scrutiny & scathing criticism Russia has most recently curtailed selling to Iran directly, and now just bundles up the weapons to Syria, who then passes some of them on to Iran as part of the package. Iran is paying most of the bill in light of its recent Syrian defence pact, and of course this gravy train or axis of evil doesn’t stop there, why should it?

Proliferation then extends down to terrorist groups funded & supported by Iran & Syria like the Hezbollah, who came up with advanced Russian anti-tank missiles as well as anti-ship cruise missiles in last summer’s terror war against Israel, not bad for a bunch of terrorists.

Iran – Arming to thwart America

While they get the big press for repeatedly threatening to wipe Israel from the map, Iran saves it best bile for the Great Satan – America. Multi billion dollar arms purchases recently entail buying up the most advanced Russian weapons platforms available, some not even fully integrated in Russia just yet, as well as advanced Russian aircraft and anti tank weaponry.. A massive ramp up of high tech arms to thwart America should military confrontation continue to heat up over illicit nuclear weapons production.

In addition Iran is feverishly working on leaked North Korean ballistic missile technology and developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads into currently both Israel & Europe, while eyeing the USA shortly range wise.

Shahab 3 with advanced cone
(Photo: Reuters) An Iranian launched Shahab3 Ballistic Missile tested last year had a notable new nose cone and designs.. Judged by western intelligence to be capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

SAM & Air Defense

The Iranians are currently busy setting up the most advanced Russian air defense net money can buy, recent purchases many resulting already in deliveries include;

Nato: SA-10 Grumble
Russian Land based SAM S300MPU Missile Launch
(Photo: Unsourced video, stilled.)

A number of these mobile systems have already been delivered, they are similar to American Patriot Missiles & can engage cruise missiles, aircraft etc. Syria is also on the receiving end for purchasing this system.

Target engagement range, km: 200
Target engagement altitude, km: 27
Maximum target speed, km/h 10,000
Number of simultaneously engaged targets 36
Number of simultaneously guided missiles 72
Rate of fire, sec 3
Time of deployment, min 5

Both the Iranians & Syrians are cooperating on the weapons purchases, as well as integrating in the training & use. The recently considered for terrorist listing Iranian Revolutionary Guards are the guys behind the scenes training, arming & equally as is evidenced by American outrage, proliferating across the terrorist World.

Nato: SA-15 Gauntlet
(Hashmonean April 20, 2006 – Evil Empire: Russians selling advanced air defense weapons to Iran)
Photo: DefenseUpdate

Iran is just finishing up purchasing this billion dollar bonanza of 29 TOR-M1′s from Russia, the sale among others raised raucous objection from the USA & Israel for obvious reasons, this is one of the most advanced weapons of its kind capable of shooting almost anything out of the sky..

Wiki: The Tor Missile System is a low to medium-altitude, short-range surface-to-air missile system designed for engaging airplanes, helicopters, cruise missiles, precision guided munitions, unmanned aerial vehicles and ballistic targets. GRAU designation of the earliest model is 9K330, and NATO reporting names are SA-15 Gauntlet and SA-N-9 Gauntlet. It is designed to protect targets from attack at all times and in any weather, not only by shooting down attacking aircraft but also by destroying any munitions before they reach their target. It is air-portable and equipped with NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) protection. [...]

Gotta protect the nukes.. Why not add yet another layer of advanced weaponry? Hmm, where might we be able to acquire more high tech weapons?! From Russia – through Syria of course!

Syrians are also in on the action

The latest batch of weapons purchases through Syria include the
Pantsir-S1. Courtesy of the manufacturer; KBP

Iranians & Syrians new Pantsir-S1 purchase

Syria has bought 50 of these in another 700+ Million dollar deal, with 10 of them destined to Iran. This dual system uses both SAM missiles and twin gatling type guns to shoot down missiles, planes, choppers you name it. This is as state of the art as it gets, duplicating the type of close-in interception used on American Aegis type sea cruisers, only mobile on land.

More weapons for the Axis of Evil? Sure how’s about some planes?
Both Syria & Iran are picking up aircraft, either Mig-29 Fulcrums, or the SU-30. This is in addition to smaller medium range rockets, anti-tank weaponry etc etc. All in all the Russians mostly, aided by the Chinese, North Korea and other world patriots are arming Syria, Iran & their terrorists for war.

JPOST: Reports: Iran to buy jets from Russia

Israel is looking into reports that Russia plans to sell 250 advanced long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter jets to Iran in an unprecedented billion-dollar deal. According to reports, in addition to the fighter jets, Tehran also plans to purchase a number of aerial fuel tankers that are compatible with the Sukhoi and capable of extending its range by thousands of kilometers. Defense officials said the Sukhoi sale would grant Iran long-range offensive capabilities. [...]

In Arms Race I, I looked quickly at some of the efforts Israel & the USA are making to counter these spiralling events.. It’s not good enough. Send more money & send more weapons. The Saudis don’t need 20 billion dollars worth of American largess.. I’ve never seen a Saudi hold the line against the Jihad to protect shared American interests. The Saudis aren’t battling Hamas, or Hezbollah, Iran or Al Qaeda for that matter. Last time I checked in fact the Saudis were Al Qaeda!?

We all know exactly which American ally REALLY needs to be muscled up in this arms race, please send more canned spinach.

[tags]Iran, Syria, Russia, Terrorism, Weapons, Arms Sales, Proliferation, Missile Defense, Cold War[/tags]