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Fars News discusses ways Iran can block Strait of Hormuz

Monday, 9 July 2012

Fars News argued, “Some in the West are asking how Tehran can do so, except for drowning an oil tanker in the middle of the waterway, which is the easiest way of cutting the world’s oil lifeline for months.” Fars also mentions that in addition to its short-, mid-, and long-range missiles, Iran has a variety of weapons it can use to close down the vital oil route. It mentions the “rocket mine” that is triggered by the distinctive magnetic acoustic signature of a ship, such as a US aircraft carrier, and then launches a propelled 600-pound warhead at the target… “Then there’s the Russian sea mine MDM6 and EM-52 EM-11 and the EM-31. Both these mines can be laid by Iran’s Kilo-class submarines.” Fars maintained that “Iran isn’t planning to fight a conventional war with the US and its allies, and plans to employ asymmetric warfare “designed” for the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, which are too narrow for the huge US warships to maneuver. “That means mines, anti-ship missiles and swarm attacks by small heavily armed (speed) boats… so the United States and its allied naval forces face a formidable foe. Fars quotes Anthony Cordesman in a March analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington which warned of “Iran’s ability to lay a large number of mines in a short period of time remains a critical aspect of the stated capability to deny US forces access to the Persian Gulf and impede or halt shipping through the strait.”

 
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  • Published: 50 days ago on Monday, 9 July 2012
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: July 9, 2012 @ 1:42 pm
  • Filed Under: Military
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    • http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9103085062; http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13910417000301

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