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IRGC Navy Received 340 More Combat Speedboats On Islamic Revolution Anniversary

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IRGC Navy Received 340 More Combat Speedboats On Islamic Revolution Anniversary

Speedboats of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) are seen during major drills in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf code-named the Great Prophet 9 on February 25, 2015.

The Navy of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps received 340 combat speedboats.

The event was scheduled to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and was held at the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on February 8. The ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, IRGC Commander Hossein Salami and IRGC Navy Commander Alireza Tangsiri.

The annual celebration of the Islamic Revolution is being held in Iran between February 1 and February 11.

The Iranian side says that the delivered speedboats are co-produced by the IRGC Navy and the Defense Ministry and are capable of carrying various types of missiles to attack enemy targets. As a part of the IRGC Navy, they will be used in missions in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman, as well as in the Caspian Sea.

“The Persian Gulf is of significant importance, and remarkable efforts should be made for its security,” Major General Baqeri said. “The IRGC Navy has been able to maintain such security.”

The top military official described the speedboats as agile, maneuverable and equipped with radar-evading stealth technology. He also emphasized that Iran has achieved a success in boosting its naval power despite the harsh sanction regime imposed by the United States.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Navy And Asymmetric Naval Warfare (13.08.2019):

Iran is a rare example, in terms of its navy – it has two. This is an extraordinary, but largely forced approach. For a long time, the country has been facing a stiff economic and technological blockade by the West. In this situation, Iran has been forced to find and develop the most cost-effective approach in its defense strategy.

The Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, is dubbed by the country’s leadership a strategic force, and employs a conventional doctrine focusing on forward presence and naval diplomacy. Its mission areas include the Caspian Sea, the Gulf of Oman and out-of-area operations. The Iranian Navy has a relatively low number of warship and is not intended to counter modern fleets, like those of the US or the UK. At the same time, the Iranian Navy is capable enough to deal with threats from the country’s regional competitors that also have limited capabilities in terms of the conventional naval power.

The second Iranian naval force is the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) – it is established on an asymmetric doctrine, entirely focused on ensuring national security in the Persian Gulf. The IRGCN’s doctrine sees naval powers of Western countries as its main potential adversaries.

The most significant role in recent developments, and in the last decades has been playing by the IRGCN’s fast boats, which it heavily relies on.

The recent seizure of the UK-flagged Stena Impero, the Panamanian-flagged Riah and the detention and release of the Mesdar show that the IRGCN is more than capable of enforcing its authority in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz. The speedy boats allowed Iran to quickly carry out its operation and successfully move away.

It is not entirely impossible for Iran to be able to turn into reality its threats of potentially closing the Strait of Hormuz, depending on the circumstances at the given moment.

The IRGCN’s strategy is focused on several things – deter a maritime attack if possible, rapidly escalate if deterrence fails, and wage a protracted war if necessary, in the Persian Gulf and specifically in the Strait of Hormuz.

Fundamental to this strategy is the exploitation of geography and the use of asymmetric doctrine to combat a superior force. The assumption is that the IRGCN’s speed boats can overcome the enemy defenses in the confined waters, by combining their small and mobile weapons systems, or by using them in innovative ways to reach a tactical surprise.

The IRGCN consists of around 20,000 marines, and 1,500 crafts, including fast attack boats, maintains large arsenals of coastal defense and anti-ship cruise missiles and mines, and operates helicopters and ground effect vehicles. It also includes the Sepah Navy Special Force, a special forces unit specialized in heliborne, amphibious warfare and naval boarding.

In the Persian Gulf, the IRGCN has several missions:

  1. To enforce Iran’s territorial water claims and protects Iranian economic and security interests;
  2. Monitor and track the movements of foreign warships and merchant ships operating in its area of responsibility;
  3. Besides defending vital Iranian interests, the IRGCN could be seen as a force that deter possible attacks by demonstrating a military strength and signaling that aggressive actions against the country will have serious global economic repercussions.

As a demonstration of its growing capabilities, the IRGCN holds highly publicized, large-scale, deterrent-themed annual exercises (called NOBLE PROPHET).

The IRGCN’s doctrine reflects irregular warfare principles that include the use of, surprise, deception, speed, flexibility and adaptability, decentralization, and highly mobile and maneuverable units. All of these on the sea. These warfare methods include hit-and-run style, surprise attacks, or the amassing of large numbers of means and measures to overwhelm the enemies’ defenses. In this event, the employed naval forces could described as a swarm of small boats using their size and maneuverability to track and hunt down enemy warships.

The IRGCN’s mosquito-fleet concept enables rapid formation of tactical groups of small crafts to carry out a surprise strike from different directions in a particular area in the offshore zone and at a particular time. Such groups can deploy in attack formation immediately prior to reaching the area of the attack.

Crafts from the formation reach their assault position line independently or by small groups. Therefore, the Iranian naval thought intends to employ the swarm concept. It’s important to note the high motivation and ideological training of mariners involved. Personnel understand perfectly well the high level of threat to them personally in the event of the employment of this tactical scheme. IRGCN personnel are motivated and ready to accomplish a feat to defend their homeland. This factor (the high motivation of the personnel) makes a mosquito-fleet armed with missile, torpedo and anti-air weapons especially dangerous to naval forces of Western states.

The IRGCN employs several types of boats:

  • Fast Attack Craft (FAC) – it has 10 Chinese-built Houdong WPTGs, acquired in the mid-90s. These are the capital ships of the IRGCN, they used to be equipped with C802 missiles, but were upgraded with Ghader missiles.

Immediately, after acquiring the Houdongs, the IRGCN shifted its focus on even smaller boats. In a 10-year period between ’96 and ’06, it acquired 46 FACs from China and North Korea, they are equipped with torpedoes, short-range anti-ship cruise missiles, or both, and can reach speeds of 40-50 knots;

  • Fast Inshore Attack Craft – these are lightly armed boats which the IRGCN has been successfully using since the 1980s, and are one of the largest threats it presents.

The IRGCN has a copy of the British-built Bladerunner – the Siraj-1. The Siraj-1 is armed with multiple-rocket-launcher system and a heavy anti-aircraft machinegun on the prow. It can reportedly reach a speed between 55 to 72 knots.

Another boat is the Zolfaghar, which reaches a maximum speed of 70 knots and mounts an integrated radar and two launch canisters for Nasr-1 cruise missiles on its stern.

The IRGCN further has semi-submersible boats, that can partially submerge below the water surface to evade detection and can be used for sabotage, special-forces insertion and spying.

IRGCN patrols in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf regularly include surveillance and monitoring of U.S. Navy and Coalition ships. The US calls the maneuvers of The IRGCN’s speedboats “unprofessional and unsafe.”

  • In March 2018, the IRGCN released a video showing speed boats approaching the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier.
  • In late 2017, Iran accused the US Navy of approaching the IRGCN’s ships, and attempting to stage a provocation. One situation around the same time, saw a US warship approach an IRGCN and fire warning shots into the air, without apparent reason.
  • In 2016, the IRGCN arrested ten US Marines after their patrol boats entered Iran’s territorial waters in the Persian Gulf.

The US claims that it opposes any presumed aggressive actions by Iran, and maintains that it is simply defending the freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf and wishes to guarantee free passage through the Strait of Hormuz. In own turn, the Iranian leadership sees US actions as a direct threat to Iranian national interests.

The US military leadership has been for long time developing approaches to counter Iranian deterrence capabilities in the Persian Gulf, and in particular the IRGC Navy. In their reports, US analysis address the importance of the ability of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms to find, fix, and continuously track potential threats at range, as well as the development of specific weapon systems: particularly, shipborne gun systems and air- and surface launched precision guided weapons – optimized for anti-surface warfare. Another declared need in the usage of ‘smart’ medium-calibre ammunition that will provide a cost-effective measure to deal with swarm-like formations. The U.S. Navy even designed its Littoral Combat Ships with countering Iranian fast boats in mind. However, the complicated history of this project turned to the point, when LCS are now being re-orient to “great power” conflict.

Iran has a comprehensive military doctrine with a high role of asymmetric warfare. There are two main reasons why Iran is using two independent components of the naval power:

  1. Different types of threats that Iran faces from naval forces of regional powers (like Saudi Arabia or the UAE) and Western states (like the US, the UK or France).
  2. A complicated economic situation, in which Iran operates. This situation is compounded by though sanctions. These sanctions are designed to prevent technology transfer to Iran and create barriers to the development of the Iranian military industrial complex.

The combination of these factors forced Iran to use all intellectual efforts of its military thought to develop the model that will be capable to deal with different types of threats, and will be sustainable under the conditions of the constant sanction pressure on the Iranian economy and military industrial complex.

Since the Iran-Iraq War, Iran has greatly expanded the IRGCN’s role and capabilities, including its ability to escalate the scope and intensity of any conflict and to project Iranian power in its area of operations. The Iranian naval capabilities do not allow it to challenge the US Navy in an open confrontation beyond the Persian Gulf. Nonetheless, the IRGCN in its current incarnation is a well-equipped and highly trained force that is ready to deliver a painful blow to Iran’s enemies and disrupt global oil trade in the event of the military confrontation in the close proximity to the Iranian shores.

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Servet Köseoğlu

Rofl..Another headache for Usa to work out ..İran’s swarm boat tactic is almost literature at us navy schools..After all billion dollars spent on shiny lcs ships etc,shallow water analyses where is Waldo?

Jesus

American LCS ships are weapon deficient to deal with Iranian swarm attacks.

farbat

what lcs ships

Jesus

Littoral combat ships the tonnage of a frigate.

farbat

do you mean the small targets?

farbat

america has only small and big targets to offer to iran XD

farbat

let me tell you there is nothing american hard power could throw at iran which would survive and if america ever did such a mistake than china would own it the day after

farbat

iran designs its irgc forces to counter america and iran knows the newest technologies america is working on before many of the officials even know about it so iran has quite the secret weaponry on its own aswell but even the military it as is basically a disaster for the usa like millenium challenge and it got only worse over the time for the usa since iran now develops actively its own weapons

farbat

you should ask yourself why america cant show one single success of having hacked an iranian drone while iran destroyed american drone industry and british drone industry specially the entire scan eagle line was hacked by iran which caused huge damages

farbat

how comes iran can detect f35 taking off in qatar

Ahson

And in Al-Dhafra…….all the time……both take off and landing and whilst in sortie. Totally visible.

farbat

there is something quite wrong about america and the biggest issue of theirs is first the elites but structural its the over funding of military industry and no merit from that exact industry in return only lust for more money and control and the same can be seen in pharma and other industries

Jens Holm

Its their money made by them.

farbat

first of all it cant be that they claim that the f35 is stealth because its the opposite it doesnt even leave room for actual capabilities its so badly designed

Jens Holm

You too.

farbat

the lcs meanwhile cant move to the indian ocean and pose a real threat its just a tincan

Jesus

It can be resupplied, Americans are thinking they can use it in South China Sea, which is delusional.

farbat

i tried to find in the recent days a missile engine as powerful and as small using solid fuel as the iranian zoljanah used engine but i failed and all i found was 300 tons thrusting in the same size while irans missile does work with 700 tons of thrusting power and there i was kind of suprised

farbat

when it comes to american ships i really cant find a better ship than lhd 1 wasp one of those that were “accidently” melted not long ago and these are the best simply because they are very modular and highly deadly therefore because they can carry all kinds of systems but the rest is pretty much scrap metal it doesnt do it if they seek to take on china in the sea in the future

Just Me

Russia, China, and Iran to hold joint large scale naval drills in Indian Ocean soon

The three countries held similar naval drills in the Indian Ocean in December 2019.

Jesus

That is good, India might feel left out.

Assad must stay

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

farbat

these are unfortunally the 90 knots generation but iam actually waiting about the 100+ knot generations which will be probably mostly remotely controlled

Jesus

Russia’s Two Assault Carriers Under Construction Could Be the Biggest in the World – ‘Jump Jet’ Fighters Likely to Follow….militarywatchmagazine.com

farbat

i like russian sea weapons because they are absurdly heavy armed

Jesus

What makes Russian ships dangerous are its deadly weapons.

farbat

hmm russian ships usually carry large weapons compared to the west and it can be seen with the missiles alone while russian missiles are huge the americans use small subsonic cruise missiles in vertical launch mechanism

Jesus

Yes, the Russian Granite missile weighed 7 tons, replaced by the Oniks weight 3 tons, Kalibr weighing 1.8-2.5 tones and Zircon weighing around 3 tons. These lighter missiles are deployed in vertical launchers while the Granite was inside launchers on either side of the superstructure of the ship.

farbat

generally a russian ship on its own is far more deadly than a single american ship simply because of the different structures and doctrines

Jesus

The Russian ships have supersonic offensive and defensive missiles, unlike LCS or Arleigh Burke destroyers that have Harpoon or LARSM anti ship missiles that are subsonic, and Standard SAM.
The offensive punch for the US navy has been provided by aircraft carriers, which have grown vulnerable due to significant technological developments of anti ship missiles.

farbat

russian airpower in sea is missile power and even the only russian carrier is full with vertical launch capules so much so that its hardly anything but a missile carrier

Jesus

Russian anti ship missiles have effective combat ranges greater than carrier based aircraft.

farbat

the largest size of ship iran will build domestically is 200 vertical missile canisters and that is a missile carrier with a small helicopter landing pad meanwhile russia places also planes and other stuff on such a system which is simply heavy

Jesus

200 cells is a little bit ambitious on an 7-8000 ton platform, you need a bigger ship.

farbat

probably my favorite of all is akula class submarines they were brilliantly powerful

farbat

supercavitating technology is basically far ahead of what others could do and still the west is to incompetent to match it

Jesus

Those Iranian patrol boats if large enough can carry supercavitating torpedoes, get close to an American capital ship ….and the ship does not have the time to react against the torpedo.

Servet Köseoğlu

with its kinetic energy it can not make one-shot kill let alone it is almost impossible to mount on a boat.

farbat

you are right they are not mounted on speedboats but on torpedo boats the submersible version for example carries them

Servet Köseoğlu

No all boats and surface ships can carry 324 mm light-weight torpedo not heavyweight toprpedoes which is 533 mm,they can only be launched from submarines and your super cavitation torpedoe a russian old model shkval-e is also hwt with 533 diameters.This is a general rule applied by almost all navies of the world.

farbat

these speed boats are 90 knots fast they cant carry nor fire these torpedos

farbat

these speed boats arent supposed to fire torpedos

Servet Köseoğlu

thats true…thats why ı am surprised.

farbat

like i said the next gen is not just surface and it is bigger

farbat

iran works on certain designs right now most promising is catamaran design to create a fast ship capable to move from surface to subsurface in speed

farbat

the supercavitation is problematic to add to a ship and even in submarines its tricky like china should have figured out by now

farbat

supercavitating version of speed vessels such as that is still a decade ahead of us for sure til it gets into any military force still the chinese use very fast subs these days

farbat

speedboats are simply a crippling method against large fleets and they carry small size missiles and no torpedos

Servet Köseoğlu

supercavitating torpedo is enigma,useless..just do your research about it and you ‘ll get it immediately.

farbat

it is post modern technology and it doesnt even work nowadays since the technology isnt far enough

farbat

in post modern concept a swarm of submarine drones using supercavitating technology can move fast and hit deadly

farbat

having a torpedo is basically like the technology used incompletely

farbat

supercavitation from surface to subsurface is also a hard issue to solve meaning being able to have 100+ knots above surface and 100+ knots subsurface with the same vehicle but its part of post modern concept for infiltration vehicles

farbat

the soviets did some weird things but they were simply not at the right time to complete such an idea

farbat

russia is right to say that its not easy to reverse engineer its technology and therefore its not so afraid to sell s400 to most and of course to iran its always hesitant to sell but still if you think about it iran did reverse engineer a russian supercavitating torpedo and yes russia was utterly suprised but irans version is 20 knots beneath russian and that is alot despite reverse engineering russia did somehow create 20 knots iran couldnt copy

Jesus

I think the S400 can be reverse engineered given a strong engineering capability, however, the export version albeit deadly, are not at the same level of sophistication as S400 equipping Russian forces.

farbat

even a kalashnikov isnt so easily reverse engineered into the same thing as the russians produce

farbat

iran went all the lessons through the hard way in fact therefore i can say russia is heavy duty stuff for sure and its not easy for anyone to think that they can get away with messing with russia under putin because putin himself is russian evolution

farbat

iranian evolution was actually after the fall of the sassanians and that evolution caused persian renaissance which spread farsi around the region and created a golden age for islam

farbat

russia never had a good start and it always had to fight the west and this is basically working for russia these days because it saw almost everything that the west could throw at them and if there is anything than it has to be new completely because they saw the mongols too and survived them aswell

farbat

iran learned immensely from the mongol will unbreakable in war but unfortunally for the mongols they didnt knew much about anything but war because if they did than europe would be today still theirs

Jesus

Chinese reversed engineered the Suk 27 platform, with Russian engines.

farbat

iran has no real deep water access so i really would love to see cooperation with russia on a deep sea navy production because russian is reliable and brilliant

Jesus

Russia can sell Iran good corvettes with strong weaponry that can be used in the Persian gulf and the Arabian Sea. Corvettes armed with Oniks and Kalibr can strike targets 6-700 kms away effectively.

farbat

iran doesnt buy

Jesus

Maybe you need to consider buying. Russia has provides generous incentives.

farbat

iran would like to lease a ship building port or build one in deep water area and russia is the best place in my view

farbat

iran simply cant produce large ships it doesnt has the same kind of access to the sea like russia for example so that is the actual problem

farbat

can i remind people when the usa came into the persian gulf with its own fast boats and ended up in iranian prison

Blas de Lezo

I wonder how many of those can lay naval mines.

chris chuba

People in the U.S. are way too dismissive of these speedboats. These later versions are both faster and fire up to two missiles. It reminds me a lot of our PT boat concept during WW2. It is not smart to engage them inside the Persian Gulf. We have a blue water navy.

farbat

still the bladerunner 51 is the fastes of such boats that exist and irans speedboats are faster than the bladerunner 51 original

farbat

seraj 2 is 90 knots but still low production and seraj 3 is planned 100+ knots

farbat

most navies are very slow and easy to target which is a problem because even subs are nowadays easy found and targeted so you need speed to make the sea useful again because the usa concept makes the sea useless and what they in fact do is create metal islands so they can get alot of heavy stuff into the air to be able to have speed advantage

farbat

americas strategy of a10 against speedboats is a perfect example of idiocy as if they can pick up single targets like that when hot war is going on

farbat

speed on the sea and airpower with missiles is irans strategy and among the main strategies of iran is ship destroyer missiles or like china calls it carrier killer missiles meaning ballistic missile use against ships

cechas vodobenikov

Iran invests in effective relevant hardware
USA pays trillions for inferior trash…now reported at anti-empire.com that f35 pilots unable to properly operate plane

Jens Holm

I dont think we know that. Its more what You hope.

Diana Cornwell

Multi-barrel light cannons can destroy one of these a second.
Thermobaric munitions could take out hundreds of these in an instant.
Same with their cruise missiles and rockets.
Only a concerted swarm attack consisting of a thousand or more of these boats stands a chance of inflicting damage on large ships.
And the Iranians could attempt that maybe twice before weapons of mass destruction are introduced into the theater of war.
I feel sorry for the Iranians.
Our dear psychopaths will make an example out of them.

chris chuba

Has any navy conducted drills validating your theory?

Iran’s older speedboats where the primary weapon is a heavy caliber machine gun is certainly at a disadvantage to ships that have canon that can store lots of ammunition. But their newer speedboats can fire a torpedo and up to two missiles at a range of at least 15km. At 10 miles capital ships have a much bigger profile than a speedboat sitting close to the water line.

The disadvantage of the speedboat is range which is why we own the Arabian Sea, in the Persian Gulf itself. That remains to be seen.

Servet Köseoğlu

Along with its range these type of boats are bouncing,not stable platform.Even 107 mm rockets can fly 5 miles, but are notoriously inaccurate even from fixed mounts against fixed targets.İnvesting on Us cyclone patrol boats sounds good.

Jens Holm

Well, it help if there are many missiles and different kinds.

chris chuba

>>Along with its range these type of boats are bouncing,not stable platform<<
That is a problem. Iran's first generation speedboats armed with a heavy machine and a guy with an ATGM required a very close range.

Iran has been practicing this for decades, their latest designs would make the most most practical enhancements.

This article describes these warheads:
The Ghader missile – fire and forget
The Nasr-1 cruise missiles – fire and forget (semi-active homing)
A multiple-rocket-launcher system – This is unguided but if it is radar controlled, it could be an effective high explosive canon, certainly better than an ATGM.

The U.S. navy, rules the blue water in the Indian Ocean and Arabian sea. But these new Iranian speedboats, armed with 400lb warheads, in the confined waters of the Persian Gulf are a serious weapon. This is not the 1980’s.

Can they sink a carrier? I doubt it. But they might be able to sink and could severely damage Corvette class ships. I’m not a navy guy, just going buy the specs and paying attention to previous stories.

Servet Köseoğlu

Right.They can not sink any carrier(impossible) or ı dont think they can even take on Usa task group but maybe they have a chance against isolated surface vessel.Since generally they dont launch torpedoes maximum damage they can do is mission kill aka disable ship for a while.

Jens Holm

Thats more then theory. Already in WW2 the Germans and Americans used Swarms. The Kenedy President was from one of them. The USA MTBs had in Philipines was not knocked out right away but died one by one mainly be lack of air defence and no faciities for repair(philipines).

Diana Cornwell

I am not an expert in these matters, granted.
But I don’t see rockets or torpedoes that can be mounted on these craft powerful or accurate enough to penetrate the defenses of western carrier battle groups.

In addition, I believe western navies already have classified methods of defenses developed to neutralize just these kinds of adversaries. Iranians have no idea the kind of disaster they are facing.

The destruction of Iran has been long in planning. The West intends to make an example out of them. The Great Reset will start with the utter annihilation of Iran, galvanizing NATO Mark II.

Jens Holm

I think the whole point in swarms are some % actually will hit the target and by replace the big well defended attackers they can make – or are too expensive.

The nazis didnt stop the T34, but westerns did stop teh German MTBs when they learned to fight back.

Jens Holm

I hope they wont be given to people, which want to leave the cpuntry…

Andreas

Iran has the right idea. These boats are cheap to build and can be maintained and operated with local resources. When deployed they enjoy numerical superiority, have low visibility, are highly distributed and redundant. I would also not be surprised if Iran was designing these boats with very low electronic signatures and maximizing the use of non-electronic communication when operational. This is key when defending against the zio-corporate hate-machine with its over reliance on technology.

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