phalamir: I realize this isn't the Iranian naval command, but about 12 years ago, the US gamed an invasion of Iran. The US officer in charge of being Iran simply had the Iranians load explosives into Zodiacs and told them to zerg-rush the US naval vessels, but not giving any further directions. The judges declared he ended up sinking everything in the Gulf, even accounting for the US using reasonable countermeasures. Don't get cocky about technological superiority quite yet, hoss
jbrooks544: What about the Shkval super cavitating torpedos? Putin sold a variant to Iran. How do we defend against a 230 mph torpedo?http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shkval
Click Click D'oh: The US Navy and Iran already did the shooting war thing once.
shanteyman: Prof. Phalamir, the only way the Iranians would have a decent shot at sinking a carrier would be if they were able to surprise it. Given the fact that, if we were to go to war with Iran, there would probably be some build up of "incidents" before we took action, I think a surprise attack would be a little far fetched. Consider , too, that if we were planning to attack Iran we'd strike their command and control , any and all forces on the ground or in port capable of attacking our ships, and obliterate their air arm in the first days of the "war".Add to that the fact that we have the acoustic signature of every submarine they have, so we'd be able to find them fairly quickly if they even made it out to sea. They might get lucky; but that's all it would be, luck.
sdd2000: I meant to make it clear that it would be the cruise missiles not the destroyers and attack subs that would rain down.
TuteTibiImperes: Of course, when your entire command, control, and communications infrastructure is destroyed within hours of war breaking out, it makes it much more difficult to coordinate those 24 missiles.
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