US vs Iran
These forces have also been issued with a large number of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles as well as locally produced mobile Shahab Sagheb (low range copy of FM- 90) air defence system , giving them some protection against low-flying aircrafts, especially helicopters. These air-defence weapons are not the only weapons in the IRGC’s arsenal. Here I just mention some locally manufactured systems to emphasize that the numbers that are presented in the journals usually present information about the imported equipment and not much about the locally manufactured ones. The real numbers and quality of these weapons can only be determined after their use in combat. With regard to the Iranian manufactured anti-ship NOOR (C802) missile and anti-tank TOW missiles (along with Fajr-3 and Fajr-5, etc), we can say that they passed the test in Lebanon with flying colours (although Iran denies it furnished Hezbollah with these weapons). The Iranian forces (IRGC and the Basiij) numbering at the minimum 200,000 + are provided with what is essential in any asymmetric war: mobile anti- armour and anti-personnel missiles and guns. A brief description of “some” of these missiles is presented bellow.
Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar