Let the Iranians Fire their Missiles
Iran has been threatening to fire their missiles in retaliation should certain events take place in the Middle East or Persian Gulf. In response, the USA has been creating a missile defense shield that should provide ample warning of incoming threats that are launched. One precaution is to have two carriers present in the Persian Gulf at all times. They are building a new radar site in Qatar at Al Udied AFB, where 8000 US troops are based. This new X-band radar will supplement those already in Israel's Negev Desert and in central Turkey. Together, any missile fired from the northern, western or southern iran will be detected and interceptors will be able to eliminate the threat.
Most of Iran's missiles can reach anywhere in Saudi Arabia, Israel, most of Turkey, parts of Russia into the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan. In addition to the X-band radar sites, the US also has two Aegis missile defense ships in the Persian Gulf. The X-band radars can pinpoint the incoming missile and activate defenses to destroy it. The first THAAD missile interceptor is being deployed in the UAE. This has its own radar system and provides even more coverage. In addition to these high altitude systems, numerous Patriot batteries are being deployed for the Iran's low altitude missiles that have proven 80% effective in Israel recently.
The cost of the new X-band base in Qatar will cost $12 million. Should Iran choose to mine the Straits of Hormuz, the US has eight mine sweepers to keep the narrow waterway open.
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