It is a well-known military cautionary adage that: Loose lips sink ships. However, this time the “loose-lips” of a high-ranking cleric in the Iranian government following Israel's alerting the US that there is an escalation in the works, may have warned America of Iran’s exact attack plan against the US Battle Carrier Group in the Persian/Arabian Gulf.
Given the warning, America will have likely already deployed nuclear armed submarines which would respond to any attack against the Carrier Group with an annihilation counter-attack. Hence, the Iranian cleric’s “loose lips” may have very well saved America’s ships.
On May 10 Reuters reported that the “semi-official ISNA news agency quoted hardliner Ayatollah Tabatabai-Nejad in the city of Isfahan as saying: “Their [America’s] billion(-dollar) fleet can be destroyed with one missile. If they attempt any move, they will ... (face) dozens of missiles because at that time ([Iranian]government) officials won’t be in charge to act cautiously, but instead things will be in the hands of our beloved leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei),” he said.”
The only possible type of “one missile” that could render a US Carrier Group blind to a follow-on conventional swarm of Iranian anti-ship missiles is a non-nuclear EMP warhead.
This is not the first time a non-nuclear EMP device has been threatened by the middle-east against the West. In 2013 I reported that on September 26, 2013, Syrian President Bashar Assad said that Syria possesses "more advanced weaponry which can serve as a detterent and blindside Israel within seconds..."
No one can describe non-nuclear conventional EMPs better than its maker the Boeing Company. On 22 October 2012, Boeing released a press release and video that explained conventional EMP weapons as follows: "A recent weapons flight test in the Utah desert may change future warfare after the missile successfully defeated electronic targets with little to no collateral damage.
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Directed Energy Directorate, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., successfully tested the Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) during a flight over the Utah Test and Training Range.
CHAMP, which renders electronic targets useless, is a non-kinetic alternative to traditional explosive weapons that use the energy of motion to defeat a target. During the test, the CHAMP missile navigated a pre-programmed flight plan and emitted bursts of high-powered energy, effectively knocking out the target's data and electronic subsystems.
CHAMP allows for selective high-frequency radio wave strikes against numerous targets during a single mission. ‘This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,’ said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. ‘In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive.’”
Now, add to Boeing’s 2012 announcement, in 2017, it was reported by the UK’s Express, that “Russia’s military is developing sophisticated new weapons which harness radio electronic pulses capable of decimating an entire city and its defence systems. The electro-magnetic missiles can knock out all electronics and reduce tanks to scrap metal, according to a report in Sputnik News.
Vladimir Mikheyev, a senior adviser behind the team developing the weapons, said: “The effect of such weapons may vary from ordinary interference that temporarily knocks out the enemy’s weapons systems, all the way to a complete radio-electronic destruction of electronic elements, motherboards, microchips and systems.”
Therefore, with open source reporting both American and Russian governments having developed non-nuclear EMP bombs capable of destroying an “entire city,” and Iran’s ally Assad threatening its use, it is not a far jump for Iran to have either bought such weapons from Russia or developed them on their own.
If Iran has developed such a non-nuclear EMP missile, Iran would use such an EMP first-strike to blind the US Fleet long enough for Iran to fire swarms of its 120-mile-range Noor anti-ship missiles at the temporarily blinded US fleet. Such a follow-on swarm of anti-ship missiles attack would likely devastate the paralyzed US fleet, and result in thousands of US casualties.
However, what Iran might not know is that the United States has long been warned of a similar possible Chinese tactical EMP attack on its forward-deployed ships and has likely developed an EMP warning system. For, in 2011, Bill Gertz, one of Washington’s greatest reporters, reported US Intelligence had discovered that “China's [high altitude] EMP capability could be used in two different ways: as a surprise measure after China's initial strike against Taiwana and other U.S> [aircraft carrier strike group] assets have moved into a vulnerable position and as a bluff intended to dissuade the United States from defending Taiwan with a CVBG. ."
CVBG” is the Pentagon acronym for a US carrier Battle Groups. Such an EMP warning alarm system would immediately alert the US command structure that an EMP attack has been used. Such an immediate EMP alert would bring an instant US annihilation counter-attack against any enemy who launched such an EMP attack against US forces. Such an immediate US annihilation counter-attack would likely render Iran anti-ship missiles null and void.
In this regard, it is almost a certainty that the Pentagon has deployed Ohio Class submarines to Iran’s immediate environs. The Ohio class submarines are fully equipped to launch numerous scenarios of counter-attacks including an immediate counter EMP strike that would fry all the circuit’s in Iran’s entire west coast including all its anti-ship missiles. Then, the fully submerged, EMP-proof, Ohio class submarine would launch a total annihilation counter-attack against Iran.
In short, America has now been explicitly and specifically warned that Iran might use a tactical EMP warhead against our US carrier battle group. If Iran is stupid enough to make such an attempt, it will be the last act of the Islamic Republic of Iran.