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Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Inaugurates New Underground Ballistic ‘Missile City’

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

At a moment the question of the Biden administration’s reentry into the 2015 nuclear deal remains in doubt – despite the admin seeking to assure that “indirect diplomacy” is taking place through the Europeans – tensions are soaring in the region and the prospect of a major regional war between Israel, Iran and Syria is now greater than ever.

For starters, it appears Israel and Iran are engaged in a shadow war to sabotage each other’s tankers in places like the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman. Signaling continued military preparations in this tit-for-tat saga which has witnessed what was for years a proxy battle fast becoming a more ‘direct’ confrontation, on Monday Iran’s IRGC Navy unveiled a new underground missile base, video footage of which was featured in state media.

Iranian state media dubbed it an advanced “missile city” containing cruise and ballistic missiles able to hit targets at “multiple ranges” and with 360-degree firing power. The particular imagery featured, however, may have been teased earlier in January. The base appears to have now been formally activated.

The Fars agency emphasized these weapons were all domestically produced by the Iranian Defense Ministry in conjunction with the elite Revolutionary Guard. IRGC commander Major General Hossein Salami was reportedly present at the base, location undisclosed, along with the commander of the IRGC’s Navy, Ali Reza Tangsiri.

Salami touted the Islamic Republic’s ability to erect such an impressive and sophisticated underground base even with Washington-led sanctions seeking to stymie such missile development.

“Despite being under sanctions, we have made major technological achievements in the defense industry,” the commander said in what was also clearly a message geared as a warning and threat to Tel Aviv.

It was only within the last year that Western media began featuring with increasing alarm more and more coverage of Iran’s vastly growing underground arsenal.

The idea is that if under attack the bases can be adequately shielded and defended from enemy assault. Large silos can then open up from the desert floor to strike back.

In years past Iranian state media reports have appeared to validate that the “missile cities” are indeed legitimate and sprawling:

It was only within the last year that Western media began featuring with increasing alarm more and more coverage of Iran’s vastly growing underground arsenal.

The idea is that if under attack the bases can be adequately shielded and defended from enemy assault. Large silos can then open up from the desert floor to strike back.

In years past Iranian state media reports have appeared to validate that the “missile cities” are indeed legitimate and sprawling:

For example Reuters reported last year that “Iran has established underground onshore and offshore missile cities all along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman that would be a nightmare for Iran’s enemies,” according the statement of a top Iranian commander.

It should also be noted that the IRGC recently boasted it was expanding naval bases near the Indian Ocean and in the Gulf of Oman. We can imagine that they also include underground facilities such as what are featured in the new images published Monday.

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Just Me

This is the latest underground missile city in the mountains of Sistan and connected to Chah Bahar port and airbase by underground network of roads. This base will control access to the Persian Gulf. Iran also unveiled a medium range solid fuel SSM with a range of 500 miles plus and precision guidance.

The IRGC Navy’s new missile city includes a host of missile systems as well as cruise and ballistic missiles with various ranges. A newly formed electronic warfare unit is also based at this strategic base tunneled several kilometers underground in Sistan mountains.

The new missiles and missile gear have advanced operational capabilities, such as accurate firing from underground launchers and civil defense sites.

The new equipment in the missile city can launch mines in various ranges, allow for 360 degree and mobile firing operations, be used in electronic warfare, and enhance the IRGC naval forces’ fire range and destructive power in combat.

One of the items unveiled in the event was a missile system that can shift the focus on targets after launch.

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Just Me

Iran building a multi-deck helicopter carrier assault ship. To be commissioned next year.

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Voldemort

Hence Israel wants to buy Lancers since bunker busters are quiet heavy

farbat

these “bunker busters” cant penetrate these tunnels so its a joke

Ahson

Dial a low yield reworked W-76 sub kiloton nukes are a reality now Farbat…….The most certain use of which during a future conflict is something Iran is just beginning to understand very recently.

farbat

you claim iran wants nukes?

Ahson

No, calmly read what I wrote carefully. We have to face reality, but today we have no solution to this issue.

farbat

i dont understand what you mean with dial isnt that like what you do in a phone

Ahson

lol……micro nukes farbat…….the size of one juicy chelo kebab. 1/2 kiloton yield only…….enough to wipe out lets say a large steel factory or missile complex only. Destruction confined to about a 100m to 500m radius only. You got it?

farbat

hmm i kind of talked about this with people here aswell if its possible and there are disagreements on the issue

Ahson

yes we don’t have any solution right now…..everybody stay quiet like thief, but the threat will not go away.

farbat

what threat

Ahson

The sepah knows what to do…….and they are beginning to acknowledge this threat. Some underground nuclear shelters have been built in case nukes are used on Iran. We don’t know the next step/s yet. There is at least one shelter in one major city.

farbat

its more for suitcase nukes

Ahson

I don’t know about suitcase of briefcase, but the threat is there. Whether yahudi drops a tactical nuke to decapitate the leadership or this Pakestan sends in wahabbi with briefcase or the US uses a W-76 equipped bunker buster/s……the threat is most certainly there.

farbat

yes and the threat of iran messng them up afterwards is also there and you cant destroy iran with nukes without destroying yourself iran is way to big and can answer

farbat

these larpers arent a serious threat to iran specially the ottoman and zionist ones

farbat

take notice of how much hot air came out of the mouths of these zionists

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK7GtpCgL54

farbat

plasma tech is where its heading in weaponization it seems so i cant see iran building nukes simply because many dont want it

farbat

the accumilation of the ressource called heavy water aka deuterium is what iran should focus on

FlorianGeyer

Israel would be dust if they used their nuclear option.

farbat

aslan fenglish begu

farbat

i can tell you that plasma technology is part of nuclear technology umbrella and iran weaponizing plasma technology is what the deals ban on heavy water accumilation is about

farbat

i told you liberal what the thinking of hazrat agha is and that we wont go against it before

farbat

these “bunker busters” are made for bunkers not for subterrain tunnels strenghtened with layers of bomb resistant concrete

Frank

Frankly, the Zionists are crapping in their diapers and will or can do nothing. Barking dogs don’t bite. Jews operate by having the goyim do their bidding, but that is no going to happen either.

Blue In Green
Ahson

This is just way over kill bro. We don’t need this many missiles to knock out almost nonexistent regional camel jockey navies. Lets just hope these are dual purpose and can target at least coastal installations as well.

Blue In Green

Agreed but this is just for one base, there are dozens of other bases bigger and smaller than this one which house their own missile arsenals in the same or greater quantities. It’s nothing short of astonishing…….

The idea behind having so many bases and missiles is to simply offset the massive Air-power differential in the region. Iran’s Air-Force just isn’t equipped at all to face down Israel, America or Saudi Arabia so the IRGC (under Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam vision) have pushed to build, test, improve, produce etc., large quantities of missiles (all ranges and types) by implementing a national, low-cost production apparatus. All of this is done to equal out the balance of power in the Middle-East.

But you do allude to a problem that Iran is trying to address i think, which is one of firing method (imo). It’s one thing to have one of the worlds (if not the worlds) largest missile stockpile (surface-to-surface) but it’s an entirely different ball-game when it comes to firing methods. My main concern has always been that Iran might be manufacturing missiles at a pace in where they can’t adequately find space to store them properly and when it comes down to fighting, they might not be able to fire them off as effectively (think large volleys). But I digress, this is more conjecture and speculation on my part. Iran most likely figured out how to launch as many missiles as needed per-mission parameters.

Ahson

I think just this base here has more anti ship missiles than the entire middle east navies put together…..lol….unless they’ve done the statistical modeling based on the numbers required to destroy all the known vessels in service with the regional navies. Must be a reason to have this many, unless I’m wrong.

Blue In Green

I think you’re actually pretty much on track. It would be a massive waste of resources to simply build as many missiles as possible without actually properly gauging how many you need in order to establish dominance and surety in the destruction of designated targets. The logistical hurdle of just building with abandon would be astronomical, even for Iran that produces weapons cheaply and in mass-quantities. But, on the other hand, one can entertain the idea that they’re building as many as the want because they’ve reached a level of industrial maturity that allows for such production to happen without incurring any severe penalty.

The purpose of these coastal missile-cities is simple. When a conflict goes down, their survivability (facility itself+ various firing methods) and weapons stockpile will be able to control the Straight of Hormuz and Persian Gulf, allowing Iran to enact a one-way blockade of Gulf Arab State’s oil revenues should an emerging conflict get bad enough. Another purpose is that it allows Iran to target (at its heart’s content) whatever naval asset it wants to, imposing a heavy cost to life and material should any enemy state choose to path through the area which falls under IRGC’s missile umbrella.

Ahson

I bet both the hezb and houthi’s will get a lot of these systems as hand me downs as Iran progresses to better and stealthier newer weapons. A lot of this could be just maintaining of redundancy in ordnance stockpiles. I was just trying to explain to farbat below that the use of tactical nukes is a real possibility, and he ain’t getting it. SMH……lol

Blue In Green

I’ll go ahead and confirm you suspicions Ahson, the entire reason why Iran is building a nation-wide sprawling network of underground missile facilities is exactly because they think America/Israel will be using tactical-level nuclear weaponry against Iranian-soil during the very opening stages of a conflict, along with any other manner of heavy, ground-penetrating ordnances.

These facilities are reinforced to withstand nuclear blasts as well as bunker-busters (some can withstand bunker busters better than others, but not indefinitely for obvious reasons) but they’re meant to be built with survivability in mind until their respective stockpiles are depleted and missions objectives have been met.

farbat

the idea here is that iran would be on the defensive but that is quite wrong iran would in a conflict be on an offensive most cant even imagine so yes iran doesnt make itself an easy target and we are all sure the usa would try to use nukes but for that they would have to have access to west asia and that access would be denied in day one of every conflict

farbat

this is more a protection against a preemptive attack

farbat

iran is huge and defeating iran with nukes means not just mutual destruction but planetary wide destruction because that is where it will end

farbat

i tell you very straight forward the political forces who wanted nukes are pretty much alienated and dead as a political meaningful force and yes they have influence right now because they have the current administration but after they are gone you will see the plasma technology weaponized which some believe is sci fi nonsense obviously to discount it so easily

farbat

when iranian generals say that iran has secret weapons which no other nation has than some seem to think of nukes or something which so many already have but they dont listen to young pasdars engineers or whatever actually talking about irans capabilities

Shia man

Farbat people don’t believe in Irans capabilities not because they are Iranian but because they are Muslims they think of us as primitive they like to say they can’t believe Iran is able to learn or produce technology or develop or discover new ones they refuse to believe that Iran has it own missile technology but instead say they got it from North Korea and then continue to praise the Koreans for having such small populations but very Bright minds and they have sanctions on them too WOW!!!
Lol they look down on us big time for being Muslim.

farbat

i often have to point to roodast and omid dana with his stuff because simply said they do great work in journalism field and there you should listen to certain interviews he did about what technology irans secret weapons are based on

farbat

the idea of building astronomical amounts of missiles isnt absurd when you seek to use them all anyway

Ahson

baba we got 10,000, but there are only 100 ship total……lol

farbat

again who said that 10000 is enough

Ahson

lol……ok dadash…..lol……one missile shotur drop his pants quick, here you think we need 100,000?……lol

Shia man

Ahson the US and Israel can’t use nukes on iran Israel would be whipped out instantly one of US reasons for being in the Middle East is to protect Israel they would only putting Israel in harms way if they would be stupid enough to use nukes.

And the reason for stock piling millions of missile is be ready for war to last years and even decades if it has to come to that point, and Iran won’t be fighting just one country so they have to take precautions you have to remember Iran was begging for weapons and no one came to their aid during the Iran-Iraq war while Iraq was getting supplied by the top 5 world powers at the time And Iran is not planning on launching 13 missiles a day or 200 missiles a day like hezbollah did in 2006 war don’t be surprised if it launches thousands of missiles a day if a open war breaks out.

Ahson

Trump did make a direct threat and several propaganda articles were published around that time hinting at the possible use of theater sub-kiloton tactical nukes. Even suggesting that several dozen of the W-76 warheads have been reworked and ‘dialed down’ as very low yield weapons for use against Iran and the DPRK specifically. I’m sure the sepah have taken this new threat into account. These types of tactical nukes are designed for decapitation of the entire leadership type strikes. Bring in regime change in one shot. So something like this needs to be taken very seriously.

Shia man

Ahson the US has much more to lose then Iran does the US invested trillions of dollars in the Middle East to see all its investments end up in flames is not a good outcome and Iran has Israel hostage Iran could easily launch 100 thousand missile whipping Israel off the map Iran has missile sites in all cites in Iran their is too much firing power and Iran built a great defense fortress that will be a very difficult task to bypass and I Believe farbat when he says iran is creating weapons no one in the world has even the US is complaining about this
one of the conditions the US put up for returning to the jcpoa is for Iran to stop developing new weapon systems and stop and dismantle its missile production and products the US and Israel fear Iranian missiles even natunyaho canceled his flight to UAE 4 times fearing of Yemeni missiles. The thing about Iranian missile is that they work and they don’t need many to hit their target not at all even 1 is enough to hit the target so what would happen if 1000s were launched at the same time. You need to stop overestimated the US and underestimating Iran. If the US could do what you typed out it would have already done it but they understand they have a lot to lose Iran has the ability to cripple the world economy and bring back mankind to the stone ages it would be a ugly site even people in Europe will go back to eating each other.

farbat

maybe the idea is absurd but the one who fires last is the one who wins

farbat

1000 planes and 10000 of bombs against 10000 missiles isnt absurd

Bob

That seems to be the message being communicated in the video – attack Iran and they will sink everything in Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. Would assume the long line of white tipped blue missiles are Noor missiles, based on Chinese C-802 anti-shipping missile, and with that sort of inventory the strike rate is going to be high. Bearing in mind, the Persian Gulf is quite shallow, and only has a central channel for large international shipping through it – fill that channel up with sunken tankers and no more Gulf tanker exports for long time. Economic chaos for Gulf oil exporters and for Gulf oil importers alike. That seems the clearest telegraphed message/ and or warning here. Something else that increasingly concerns US – during 2020 US reports suggested Iran has been successfully developing ramjet engines – these could be developed for upgrading their existing subsonic cruise missiles and anti-shipping missiles to go fully supersonic – basically unstoppable.

Jesus

I was not able to play the video, however, based on other factors and the fact that Aegis defenses are “sophisticated” as advertised, you need a swarm of anti ship missiles to exhaust the SA 6 air defense missiles the US navy destroyers are equipped with.

Selbstdenker

Irans missile doctrine focuses on mobile launch capability. With these missiles come a number of mobile launchers, which can reach most of th coast on wheels. There are several coastal roads enlarged to allow placement of missile launchers. If you check on google earth you can see road constructions alonmg the coast line.

FlorianGeyer

Its important to kill a zionist khazar twice, just to make sure :)

Great Khan

IRAN BROTHER STRONK!

farbat

the point iran makes is that we wont run out of missiles and that they can forget to hitting iranian depots and should get used of iran hitting all their bases ships planes and other assets and today its not america who has a military option on the table but iran

Frank

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Lazy Gamer

Iran has prepared well. But will these tunnels be able to withstand consecutive MOABs? Maybe the point is not the destruction of the whole underground complex but merely the destruction of exit and launch points.

SnowCatzor

MOAB isn’t a bunker buster, you must be thinking of MOP – massive ordinance penetrator. Even that would struggle due to the extra hard Iranian concrete (a little known fact), the thin hallways (small targets) and the secretive locations of them all.

chris chuba

Thin hallways a good idea, the Vietnamese dug diagonal slit trenches for the same reason. I wonder if any of those smart Iranian engineers figured out a way to direct the blast energy to a safe location just in case one of them does get hit rather than have the full force contained in a narrow concrete tunnel. Even something like having a few weakpoints to the surface or a cavern might do the trick.

Βούδας

They doing what they know and they doing it well. The war with Iran will be the last one for JewSA and Israhell.

verner

yep once the different actors in the middle east get their act together it should be the end of the jews in palestine.

Frank

Hezbollah delegation has very friendly talks in Russia.

verner

just make certain that the jews don’t inveigle their way into these underground culverts claiming to be just an ordinary iranian while being an embedded jew posing as an iranian (since 3 generations while maintaining loyalty to the jews).

chris chuba

I really hope they studied the science of underground blasts to minimize chain reactions. I don’t like seeing stacks of bombs inside of concrete and solid stone caverns. Hope they had some of their really smart engineers design fire control. Compartmentalize, distributed storage and even hidden venting areas to direct the energy from blasts to the surface or other safe areas. An underground blast would be a real problem but you don’t want it to be a disaster.

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