TEL AVIV -The enmity of Iran and Israel continues to heat up with Syria indirectly has become its battleground. The two countries are increasingly violent at war rhetoric following the attacks of dozens of Tehran rockets on the Golan Heights responded to the attack by hundreds of Israeli missiles against Iranian bases in Syria.
Israel has enjoyed US military support as its key ally. While Iran is actually “hostile” some Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia.
According to GlobalFirepower.com estimates sourced from CIA data, the comparison of strengths at a glance between Tehran and Tel Aviv is as follows;
- Budget defence: USD6, 3 billion.
- Active military personnel: 534,000 people.
- Military aircraft: 505 units.
- Combat tanks: 1,650 units.
- Navy asset: 398 units.
- Budget defence: USD20 billion.
- Active military personnel: 147,000 people.
- Military aircraft: 596 units.
- Combat tank: 2,760 units.
- Navy Asset: 65 units.
Gun statistical data have not been guaranteed to win the war. In the case of military confrontation, the quality of weapons and military equipment became the main calculation. In that case, Israel is probably superior, especially Iran has long stumbled because of the embargo of Western countries.
In fact, in the event of a confrontation, Israeli troops are unlikely to launch ground attacks against the Islamic Republic of Iran given the population ratio between the two countries is much different, namely Iran as many as 82 million people. While Israel 8.3 million inhabitants.
The most likely Israeli strategy is to use the Air Force and possibly its Navy missile attack.
For Iran itself it would also be difficult to attack Israel by land. Options that Tehran may have taken were to carry out a massive missile strike against Israel from Iran and use anti-Israel movements such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza as proxies on the ground.
The Iranian Islamic Republic’s combat aircraft are largely outdated. Among them; F-4 and F-5 fighter jets designed in the 1950s, F-7s, Soviet MiG-21s, F-14s, Su-20s, Su-24s, Su-25s and MiG-25s developed in the 1970s, 1980s. In addition, many Iranian warplanes are unfit for active service.
The Iranian military industrial complex produced a number of domestic combat aircraft, including Azarakhsh, Saeqeh, Tazarv. However, according to some observers, some of the planes were designed on the basis of obsolete foreign models.
“The Air Force (Iran) is basically made up of old US planes and (aircraft) that Iran has acquired,” Israeli Air Force spokesman Gen. Israel Baharav told Sputnik, quoted on Friday (25/05/2018).
“I believe that the Iranian Air Force can be calculated only if (Israel) must operate in Iranian airspace,” he said.
The general doubts that Iranian aircraft will conduct military operations in Israeli territory.
“The distance is very far and other factors play a role,” he said. “They (Iranian military), of course, can try, but their aircraft ability is very limited in terms of accomplishing such tasks, their missiles pose a greater threat to us (Israel) than their flights.
On the other side of Israel, its military has F-15, F-16, and F-35 made in the United States. The Israeli air fleet was built with the direct participation of the country’s specialists and experts. According to aviation experts, the Israeli Air Force is one of the five strongest air forces in the world, along with the US, Russia, China and Britain.
Iran reportedly has 21 Ghadir-class mini submarines specifically designed to sail in the shallow waters of the Persian Gulf. In addition, Tehran operates three Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines purchased from Russia in the 1990s. This data comes from The National Interest report.
In comparison, the Israeli Navy has six Dolphin-class diesel-electric submarines developed and built by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG. The ships have been equipped with cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. This significantly increases Israel’s strategic potential that ensures its superiority over the naval power of the Middle East countries.
It is not new that Israel is suspected of being a nuclear power in the Middle East. The Jewish state is reported to have 100 to 500 nuclear warheads. In addition, Israel has also developed its own ballistic missile since 1963. In 1989 Tel Aviv successfully tested a Jericho-2 ballistic missile capable of striking targets at a distance of 800-1,500 kilometers.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) also has a nuclear weapons delivery aircraft including the F-16 and A-4N Sky Hawk. Israel is the only country in the Middle East believed to be capable of carrying out nuclear strikes by land, sea or air.
As for the threat posed by Iran’s missile, Tel Aviv has the potential to withstand Iran’s attack because it has an Iron Dome defense system. The system has repeatedly demonstrated its efficiency when intercepting Hezbollah and Hamas rockets. When tested, the Iron Dome managed to withstand a stronger attack.