Saturday, February 22, 2014

Secondhand Combat

According to a new piece at War is Boring, Iran has a new half-baked idea up its sleeve. The Iranian Navy plans to re-activate one of the RH-53D minesweeper helicopters left to rot in the Persian desert by U.S. Special Forces during their failed raid on the besieged U.S. Embassy in 1980. Through shady sources, Iran was able to keep their existing helos running for some time, and are apparently ready to use one of the discarded choppers soon; we may even see it in the skies above the Arabian Gulf in the near future. If it actually works, that is. Watching Iran's Air Force is like watching a low-rent Cold War battle film, and their most powerful warships, allegedly heading for the U.S. coast, got shellacked by the U.S. Navy in the 1980s. The more Iran tries to flex its muscle and stand up to the U.S. and allied forces in the Gulf, the sadder it looks.

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