An oped piece came out yesterday, both on FoxNews and AEI’s Iran Tracker (a website for a premiere think-tank of Iran experts – you should have this site bookmarked) regarding Iran’s shopping list of weapon systems. And with sanctions being lifted the IRGC has tens of billions of dollars’ worth of funds to spend and check off items on their list. The IRGC knows where to shop too: Russia’s defense industries. Iran wants what is standard in Russia’s military.
The oped piece includes in the title “Iran is muscling up.” That’s a good way of putting it for though these analysts likely do not know about the coming Second Signpost, that is exactly what Iran is doing.
First on the shopping list is the Russian S-300 PMU-2 mobile surface-to-air system which can shoot down aircraft from up to 120 miles away.
Second is the T-90 tank. This was the main battle tank of Russia up until last year. Russia has started making the T-14 for itself. The T-90 however is still available for Russian allied countries.
Third is the Su-30 long range fighter-bomber which has capabilities similar to those of the American F-15. I guess the IRGC could not rely entirely on its rocket forces. The Su-30 was used by Russia in its Syria airstrikes.
Fourth is the Yakhont supersonic missile which takes out ships up to 180 miles away. If deployed on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast, these missiles could reach the Arabian shore, i.e. no ship in the Gulf would be safe.
All of these items would be big upgrades for many of Iran’s weapon systems which haven’t been replaced in decades. Some of their homegrown systems aren’t working out the way they wanted either like their Zulfiqar tank. The T-90 would be very welcome.
I am also reminded here of the possible “aftershadow” parallel to the fulfillment in Daniel 11:2 of the ancient Persian kings: “Three more kings will appear in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of [Yavan].” (emphasis mine) Could this list of weapon systems be his gaining of power literally using his wealth? Yavan of course is Turkey, which is Iran’s greatest enemy in the region.
The end of the article came to the conclusion that maybe the west needs to take notice and push back. It makes me wonder why the west never learns from history. Didn’t it learn its lesson when it saw Nazi Germany re-arming in the 1930s? The signs are all over the news that the Second Signpost is coming. Sadly, I suppose people will finally “get it” once the great Iranian invasion has begun. But that may very well be how God wants it.
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