An example of one major threat and spear: Moscow markets cruise missiles launched from a freight container — Russia’s Club-K Freight Container cruise missile. This relatively cheap, extra-smart, easy-to-use Club-K Container Missile System, which Moscow has put on the open market (Iran is the first acquirer), allows cruise missiles or Shehabs to be concealed in freight containers which can then be launched from a sea platform container ship. I have warned of this “spear” threat for over a year now; with no response from the powers-to-be. It is virtually undetectable by radar until activated. No wonder, Iran and Venezuela were keenly interested when the Club-K was put on the market at the Defense Services Asia exhibition in Malaysia for $15 million.
Club-K Container Missile System is designated for hitting surface and land targets by 3M-54TE, 3M-54TE1 and 3M-14TE cruise missiles. Club-K Missile System can be installed on coastal positions, surface ships and vessels of different classes, railway and automobile platforms. Club-K Missile System is housed in 40-feet standard marine container. Functionally Club-K Missile System consists of Universal Launching Module (ULM), Combat Management Module (CMM) and Energy-Supply and Life-Support Module (ES&LSM).
The Shehab 3 missile has a height of about 16 meters, which makes it too long for a standard 40 foot shipping container. The Shehab 2 has a height of about 11 meters, which would work. The Shehab 2 has a range of 500km. That would be enough to send to an EMP over the entire East Coast. This might even be enough to affect the entire eastern portion of the US. So Iran would need to fire at least two missiles, one from the Atlantic and Pacific, in order to cover the entire US. However, the ships carrying the missiles would need to get within a few hundred kilometers of the coast.