Does Russia Need Iran’s Tactical Missiles?

Is Russia a missile power? Apparently yes; is Iran a missile power? Many people do not know the answer, and the answer is: yes. At this stage of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Russia is seriously lacking precision-guided weapons. In the case of insufficient missile production capacity, Russia can only buy missiles from Iran, so Russia definitely needs Iranian missiles.

Are Iranian missiles strong? You remove the word “?”. Friends who are familiar with Maritime Pioneer know that the author has repeatedly published articles on Iran’s missile and drone technology many years ago, and concluded that “it is precisely because Iran has powerful domestic missiles that the United States does not dare to touch Iran.” conclusion. This argument is still valid today. Before starting today’s article, let’s talk about something you may not know: Iran’s own domestic rockets have already sent satellites to the sky.

The picture shows Iran showing off its family of ballistic missiles.

Iran’s missile technology is advanced and its use is unambiguous. In January 2020, Iran launched a missile strike against the U.S. Al Sadd Air Base in Iraq in two rounds, launching Ziyam-1 and Conqueror-313 ballistic missiles. Before the missile attack, the U.S. military withdrew its troops, so the Iranian strike only caused concussions for some U.S. soldiers, but judging from the satellite images at the time, the Iranian missiles hit the target very accurately and basically hit the target. And it should be noted that the American interception system deployed nearby did not play much role.

In fact, the Ziyam-1 and Conqueror-313 used by Iran to attack the United States are not considered powerful missiles in Iran’s hands. Iran’s most powerful ground-to-surface missiles should be three models, namely Mud-2, Meteor-3, Hoveize, and these three advanced missiles have not been used by Iran in actual combat. There is no way, these three missiles are no longer simple tactical missiles, their range is very long, reaching the level of combat missiles.

The picture shows the Iranian Meteor-3 missile.

For example, the Meteor-3 is a liquid-fuel ballistic missile with a range of 2,500 kilometers. It can be launched from the Iranian border and can reach France. The range can cover the entire territory of Israel, and it can also reach Diego Garcia, an important US military base in the northern Indian Ocean. . The biggest feature of the Meteor-3 missile is that the warhead is large enough, with a charge of 1.158 tons, and one shot can take out a medium military base. As for the Nishi-2 ballistic missile, it is actually stronger than the Meteor-3. It can be regarded as a solid-fuel model of the Meteor-3, with a range of 2,500 kilometers, but it can be stored for a long time, maneuvered and deployed, and has higher operational flexibility.

The picture shows Iran’s short-range surface-to-surface missiles.

Another example is Iran’s Hoveize cruise missile, which has a range of more than 1,500 kilometers and can also cover Israel. The key players are accurate, and it can be called the Persian version of the Tomahawk cruise missile. Having said so much about Iran’s advanced missiles, the main purpose is to let everyone understand that Iran’s missile technology is sufficiently advanced. However, the Iranian missiles imported by Russia are likely to be the Ziyam-1 and Conqueror-313 used by Iran to attack US military bases. These two missiles have a short range, no more than 500 kilometers at most, and are cheap and accurate. , which can meet Russia’s quantitative demand for precision-guided munitions on a large scale.

The picture shows the Iranian Meteor-3 ballistic missile.

You must know that Russia has thrown too many missiles on the Ukrainian battlefield. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense has counted more than 2,500 precision missiles used by the Russian army, far exceeding the amount used by the United States in the Iraq War in 2003. number of cruise missiles. Russia’s total inventory of precision missiles is probably less than 4,000. Considering that Russia lacks cheap satellite-guided bombs and laser-guided bombs, if the Russian military wants to maintain the scale of out-of-zone strikes, it must consider outsourcing missiles, after all Russia’s own industrial capacity is limited.

The picture shows the Iranian Hoveize cruise missile.

Where can Russia buy missiles from abroad? It seems that there is only Iran. Although Iran’s missiles are not necessarily more advanced than Russia’s, they must be cheaper and larger than Russia’s. Therefore, Russia needs Iran’s missiles, the main purpose is to spend less money and do big things.