Iran's Midget Subs are a Secret Weapon
By Micah Halpern
Wednesday May 29, 2019
I've Been Thinking:
National Interest magazine and website rated Iran's navy as the fourth most powerful in the world.
Iran's is a non-conventional navy. It hardly has 10 active large ships. It does have 34 mini submarines. And that is a huge number. These subs are officially termed midget subs or "littoral" subs. About 24 were locally built in Iran and the rest were built and bought from North Korea.
These electric and diesel subs are extremely useful in the shallow and narrow straits and water ways in the region near Iran. Larger nuclear subs and Western subs cannot maneuver well in the Straits of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. These subs are the perfect attack given the terrain.
And that is why Iran's navy is ranked 4th in the world.
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