U.S. survey sees Iran boosting forces when embargo lapses
Added 11-19-19 07:35:02pm EST - “Fighter jets and main battle tanks will likely top Iran's shopping list when a U.N.-mandated arms embargo is set to be lifted next year, allowing its leaders to upgrade their conventional military hardware.” - Washingtontimes.com
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Fighter jets and main battle tanks will likely top Iran’s shopping list when a U.N.-mandated arms embargo is set to be lifted next year, allowing its leaders to upgrade their conventional military hardware.
“Their current air force is dated,” a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday during the release of “Iran Military Power,” the first-ever in-depth public analysis of Iran’s military capabilities and shortcomings by the U.S. government.
Within the last two years, the Defense Intelligence Agency has released similar reports on the military capabilities of Russia and China. The release of the survey comes amid rising political and security tensions between Iran and the U.S., as Tehran has lashed out in the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimpose harsh economic sanctions.
“I think [the Iran report] is significant. It reflects a recognition of the nature of the threat that we face,” said Tzvi Kahn, a senior Iran analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Iran has a wide-variety of U.S.-built fighter jets — it’s the only country in the world still flying the F-14 Tomcat — that were acquired before the Islamic Revolution in 1979 that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah.
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