Anti-ship Missile Defense
Anti-ship Missile Defense a Concern for U.S. in the Persian Gulf
The concerns for anti-ship missile defense systems being implemented for U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf are increasing. In July, 2008, Iran launched a series of missile "tests" again demonstrating to the world its capabilities. Iran launched 3 different types of missiles with ranges from 100 miles to up to 1,200 miles. Some of the concern lies with trying to discern what Iran's intentions are with such missiles. One thought is that Iran may use their missiles to create chaos in the Strait of Hormuz. They could potentially launch their missiles toward U.S. carriers and warships in the region of the Persian Gulf. If that takes place, the U.S. anti-ship missile defense systems would be the only defenses against the incoming missiles. U.S. Aegis destroyers equipped with missile defense systems might be one vital solution in the protection of the U.S. fleet against Iranian missiles. This would be considered a direct act of aggression on Iran's part and as a result, the U.S. would go to war with Iran.
Iran has made it very clear they intend on attacking Israel at some point, and with a devastating weapon. The consensus is that Iran is working on a nuclear weapon right now and that when completed, they intend on using it against Israel. This is no surprise to Israel, who have conducted their own maneuverings around the gulf in what might be a training run for a pre-emptive attack on Iran's nuclear research facilities. Israel has stated that they will not wait for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. They will strike to eliminate Iran's nuclear program before that point can be reached.
The U.S. needs to keep adding to its current supply of anti-ship missile defense systems, as well as land, sea, and space based missile defense programs. The increasing threat of nuclear equipped ballistic missiles around the world is growing as more and more countries, many hostile to the U.S., continue to seek these types of weapons. There is a situation rising with nuclear proliferation around the globe that is eventually going to reach a boiling point resulting in the launch of a nuclear missile. At that point, missile defense installations will be the only defense against such an attack.
Read the article, . Discover in more detail specific targets Iran has in their sites and why it is so vital to have anti-ship missile defense in place along with land, sea, and space based missile defense for the security of America and its allies around the globe.