TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has announced its intention to improve its speedboats in the Persian Gulf, equip them with stealth technology to prevent radar detection, and equip them with new missile launchers amid tensions created on the arrival of an American nuclear aircraft carrier.
“We are devoting ourselves to increasing the agility of CGRI speedboats and equipping them with stealth technology to facilitate their operations,” said CGRI navy chief Alireza Tangsiri, quoted by the IRNA news agency .
In addition, he added that the boats will be equipped with new missiles and their speed will reach 80 knots. However, Tangsiri did not specify whether the Islamic Republic has already attained these technologies, reports Reuters.
In mid-December, a US Navy naval group, led by the USS John C. Stennis, entered the Persian Gulf. His arrival was preceded by warnings issued by Iran, which threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz – the only seaport of the Persian Gulf and a corridor for a third of world oil exports.
According to Major-General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the presence of US forces in the Persian Gulf aims to “deceive the regional states and pretend that they establish security for those countries.”
Meanwhile, to spell more bad news for Washington, although Chinese nuclear arsenal is small compared to the Russian and American arsenals, it is enough to cause great damage to the US.
The launch test of a Chinese submarine missile made that very clear. The first test flight of the new JL-3 missile was carried out in November in Bohai Bay Bay in the Yellow Sea.
According to The National Interest magazine , the new missile has a range of approximately 9,000 kilometers. Although its range is less than the range hit by the American missile Trident II or the Russian Bulava, it represents a major breakthrough for the Chinese.
Even with its 9,000 km range, the missile could hit the US, as the distance between Shanghai and Honolulu is approximately 7,900 kilometers, reaching within the reach of China’s submarine launch missiles.
In the case of Washington, the distance is 11,900 kilometers. Although out of range of the missile, this would not be a problem, since Chinese submarines can sail in the vicinity of the US, making the American cities within reach of the missiles.