On October 29th, the US published first ever photograph of a “358” surface-to-air missile, which is Iranian made for an “358” unknown air defense system.
The photograph was released in the filing of a complaint to forfeit two shipments of Iranian missiles that the U.S. Navy seized in transit from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to militant groups in Yemen, as well as the sale of approximately 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum that the United States previously obtained from four foreign-flagged oil tankers bound for Venezuela.
These actions represent the government’s largest-ever forfeitures actions for fuel and weapons shipments from Iran.
“The two forfeiture complaints allege sophisticated schemes by the IRGC to secretly ship weapons to Yemen and fuel to Venezuela, countries that pose grave threats to the security and stability of their respective regions,” said John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “Iran continues to be a leading state sponsor of terrorism and a worldwide destabilizing force. It is with great satisfaction that I can announce that our intentions are to take the funds successfully forfeited from the fuel sales and provide them to the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund after the conclusion of the case.”
According to the US, the missile fell into US hands thanks to the actions of USS Forrest Sherman, which hijacked a small boat that Iran was using to supply weapons to the west coast of Yemen, back in February 2020.
Very little is known about the 358 surface-to-air missile and the system that launches it.
A distinctive feature is its compactness, which allows it to be launched it with a small calculation from a mobile platform like a pickup truck.
Using micro-turbojet engines, the rocket is thrown to the required height, after which the propulsion engines are turned on and it begins to move towards the target.
The missile can stay in the air for a long time and is both a loitering munition (which has already been tested in combat conditions in Idlib, where Iran destroyed a fuel depot with it), and as an air defense system, destroying helicopters, large and medium-sized UAVs, attack aircraft and careless aircraft that do not expect that in the absence of active air defense systems, with it from the ground they can throw a rocket at a supersonic speed of 8 km (which is significantly higher than the standard ceiling of modern MANPADS), and then on sustainer engines with a lower speed even up to 12 km (in any case, these are the parameters declared for it) with a range of up to 100 km.
According to a number of reports, such missiles are already in service with Iran and have even been supplied to Venezuela.
The missile itself was declassified by the Americans, who published the photo of an Iranian missile seized from arms dealers who were allegedly engaged in ferrying this missile to Yemen, along with a batch of ATGMs for the needs of the Houthis.
If this is true, then perhaps Iran wishes to test its new missiles on the UAE and Saudi Arabia air forces in real combat conditions, and taking into account the fact that they are armed mainly with American equipment, then in fact to test missiles against American planes and helicopters.
One report, by an author who followed this development at the beginning of 2020, made the assumption that a CIA plane over Afghanistan could have been shot down by such a missile, since the American board was flying at a height where it could not be reached from MANPADS, but just in the range of Missile 358.
Irans "358 SAM" is a revolutionary new anti-air weapon
Similar microturbojet missiles will follow around the word
Such "hunters" make up lack of speed via persistence
➡️ Below I outlined the technical details of it
Its an indicator for Iran becoming a missile innovator
— Patarames (@Pataramesh) October 31, 2020
Russian analyst Colonel Cassad also published a comparison between the Russian Pantsir missile and the alleged characteristics of Missile 358.
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