Iran's arms race and its unprecedented destructive capabilities

Posted Aug 23, 2010 by R. C. Camphausen
Yesterday, Iran celebrated Defense Industry Day with President Ahmadinejad unveiling the country's latest advance in military technology, an Iranian-built drone called Striker, that carries the message of peace, friendship and destruction.
Unveiling the Karrar  the messenger of peace called the  Striker
Unveiling the Karrar, the messenger of peace called the 'Striker'
Fox News, video screen capture
Today, Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi, a top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had this to add, according to Press TV:
“Given the unimaginable growth in Iran's defense capability, we can defend our borders and rights in the best way possible.
We have substantially boosted our deterrence and destruction capabilities” since the end of the Iraqi imposed war in the 80's.”
American warships currently have a maximum speed of 31 knots while Iranian vessels can travel twice as fast on average.”
Reading the news coming out of Iran lately, well-timed to accompany the fuelling of Iran's first nuclear power reactor just the day before, it becomes clear that Iran is extending and upgrading both its defensive and offensive capabilities on all fronts: in the air, on water and on the ground.
Recent days and weeks have not only seen test-flights and the opening of production lines for high-speed vessels, but all of it has been accompanied by the usual speeches and threats, by announcing that Israel is too weak to attack Iran but should it do so nevertheless, Iran's reaction would be overwhelming.
Ahmadinejad said, according to Fox News, "The scope of Iran's reaction will include the entire the earth. We also tell you — the West — that all options are on the table."
While unveiling the drone, Ahmadinejad said in his unmatched verbosity that "the unmanned aerial vehicle has a main message of peace and friendship, but intends to deter aggression and to keep the enemy paralysed in his bases."
Iran's defence minister Ahmed Vahidi said the Striker, a translation of the Persian word Karrar, has a range of up to 620 miles (ca. 1,000 km).
Considering that such a range is not enough to reach Israel, it seems that the drone mainly functions as a platform for launching one or two bombs Iranian TV showed footage of the plane taking off, and reported that the drone can be armed with two 250-pound (113-kilogram) bombs or one 450-pound (200-kilogram) guided bomb..