Tuesday, February 22, 2011

What does Israel worry to Iranian naval vessels?

Iranian Kharg Supply Ship@peterpeng210.blogspot.com

Two Iranian naval ships, Alvand Class frigate and Kharg Class supply ship passed through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on February 22 heading for Syria. This is Iran's first naval deployment in the Mediterranean since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. This happened when Israel is anxious about political upheaval in Egypt and other Arab states in North Africa.

Iranian Alvand frigate is a warship that can arm with 4 x C-802 China made anti-ship missiles. The Kharg is a replenishment ship with displacement of 33,000 tons. Analysts believe what Israel worries about is not the frigate but the supply ship to Syria, because Israel may think the 30 thousand ton ship is delivering weapons, which can sneak to the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon and the Hamas in Gaza to against this Jewish state.

On February 22, Israel conducted a successful test of the Arrow 2 ballistic missile defense system off the coast of California and said the defense system can destroy any Iranian missiles. In the Lebanon War of July 2006, Hezbollah fired two C-802 or Iranian Kowsar missiles at Israeli warships. One missile seriously damaged Israeli corvette INS Hanit and killed four sailors on board.