Friday, Nov. 7th 2008

Iran’s Micro-submarine Threat

Iran has taken delivery of micro submarines according to the blog Naval Open Source Intelligence No details are provided regarding the submarines which are described as “stealth” submarines.

ANALYSIS: Small stealthy submarines pose big issues for shipping in the Persian Gulf but also give the IRGC increased capability for attack and insertion of agents. Larger “submersible” vessels have been used to smuggle drugs from South America to the United States. A Washington Post article described such submersibles. Miniature submarines that are stealthy (apparently hard to detect because they produce little noise and are so small rendering sonar and other detection devices ineffective) add to the growing Iranian military and special operations capability. It seems likely such vessels would be operated by the IRGC Navy.


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