Silos and Cities
|Left: launch chamber. Top right and bottom right: Underground Dezful missile assembly|
But for tactical class missiles, this presents some problems. Being effectively Iran's frontline forces, these missiles - mostly of the Fateh type - need to react quickly. While solid fuelled missiles provide an inherent advantage in this respect, they are still bottle-necked by certain factors.
|Diagram of possible basic layout of the missile farm concept|
|A comparison of the finless (top) and Fateh-type (bottom) missiles used. Image via Twitter.|
Another thing I should note from the IMA Media video; assuming video speed isn't sped up (doesn't seem so), the containerised missile - which looks like a Dezful - is REALLY fast to launch. I'd wager it's faster than any of Iran's existing Fateh class missiles... 14/ pic.twitter.com/pnRtniizn8— Aᴍɪʀ (@AmirIGM) July 29, 2020
Iran's new missile farms are an interesting approach to countering threats that may try to erode Iran's deterrent. By eliminating the need for TELs to move into position, missile farms prevent surprise attacks from being detected prior to launch. They also substantially reduce reaction times and costs of SRBMs. These improvements make Iran's regional deterrent more robust, timely, and less vulnerable to attrition.