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  •  SS-N-22 is over-rated (4.00)
    mines are a real threat though.  If Serbia had gotten serious about mining the Straits of Otranto during the  Kosovo Campaign, things would have gotten ugly real quick.  Not to mention the damage that Iraq did just sowing a couple of mines in the Northern Persian/Arabian Gulf during Desert Storm (USS Princeton and USS Iwo Jima both hitting mines).  Iran could very easily cause several hundred casualties and do several hundred million dollars worth of physical damage as well as several tens of billions in psychological damage with a couple dozen $100,000 mines.  Not to mention just the "fleet in being" threat that the three Kilo class subs that they have which are, in effect, mobile mines.  Just the mere fact that they are at sea, whether or not they are employed effectively would be enough to close the Straits of Hormuz.  And  if the   rumors are true and the Iranians bought a squadron of TU-22M3 bombers with the associated cruise missile...forget it.

    Maynard G Muskievote

    by calipygian on Thu Feb 23, 2006 at 07:07:58 PM PST

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