Friday, April 19, 2019

Iran Rolls Out New Fighter Jets On National Army Day? This is the threat to regional security????

via Kashmirobserver.
 Iran celebrated its National Army Day on Thursday by showcasing domestically made fighter jets during a military parade that was broadcast live on state TV.

Among the aircraft was the "Kowsar," a twin-seater modeled after the American F-5 fighter jet. The jet's name is an Islamic reference to a river in paradise and is also the title of a chapter in the Quran.

The parade also showcased the Saegheh, or "Thunderbolt," another domestically built fighter plane. Iran's air force already has U.S.-made and Russian-made Sukhoi aircraft in service.

Moreover, MiG-29, F-4 Phantom and F-14 Tomcat warplanes also took part in the parade. The maneuvers also saw KC-747 and KC-707 aerial refueling tankers fly from bases situated in the cities of Tabriz, Tehran, Hamedan and Isfahan.

Missiles, submarines, armored vehicles, radars and electronic warfare systems were also put on display.

The military parade comes amid rising tensions between Iran and President Trump, who earlier this month, formally labeled Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization."
Story here. 

Read the article.

After you've read the thing then answer this for me.  This is the threat to regional security that everyone is talking about?  This pathetic force?  They're building old tech....I mean 1970's tech and they're claiming that its new.  They're acquiring second hand Russian gear with a few exceptions and they have what we would consider at best an average Army/Navy/Air Force with a few elite units scattered between.

Are we getting played?

As far as threat to the region I would label the Quds Force as perhaps an enhanced terror organization, not an entity that could topple a nation state (at least with our assistance and without the assistance of people in that nation).

The only thing they have that could possibly tilt things is a nuclear weapon but they don't have that yet (or at least that's what we've been told) so why orient forces to deter a force that is probably infantile at best?

I could easily be wrong so tell me where I went off the rails but Iran isn't the big bad and we should probably toss this mess over to SOCOM while the conventional force gets ready to deal with REAL threats to the survival of our nation.

Side note.  How much of this is about wanting particular fights (for the conventional side), not wanting to be involved in side show conflicts (for SOCOM) and as a threat to increase budget (for all involved)?

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