US Navy’s answer to Iran

Combating the swarm.

Commentary: Here’s how the U.S. Navy will defeat Iran’s speedboats

By David Axe

Four times last week, speedboats belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – a sort of government-sanctioned Islamic militia – harassed four American vessels patrolling the Persian Gulf.

The incidents, while tense, ended bloodlessly. Still, they offered a glimpse into the kinds of methods Tehran could employ to potentially devastating effect during a shooting war.

Outgunned by the United States’ much larger and more sophisticated weaponry, Iran’s troops have, for decades, honed so-called “swarm tactics” that could reduce America’s technological advantage.

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