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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Iran buys surface-to-surface missiles capable of hitting Europe

Will this wake up Eurabia? I doubt it....

According to the head of the Israel Defense Forces Intelligence Branch, Major General Amos Yadlin, Iran has purchased missiles from North Korea with sufficient range to hit targets in Europe. Some of the missiles have already arrived in Iran.

The missiles are known in the West as BM-25s, operate on liquid fuel and are single-stage. The BM-25 was originally manufactured in the Soviet Union, where the first generation, adapted for use by Soviet submarines and able to carry a nuclear warhead, was known as the SSN6. After the Russians retired the missiles from service, they sold them to the North Koreans, who developed them to carry a heavier payload. The missiles have a range of 2500 kilometers. It's not clear to me whether the BM-25 is capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

Previously, the Iranians had developed the Shihab-4 with a range of 2000 kilometers, and the Shihab-3 with a range of 1300 kilometers. All three missiles are capable of hitting targets in Israel, and as a result, Israel developed its Arrow anti-missile system.

The Iranians are known to be at the early stages of developing two more long-range missiles. However, American intelligence sources say Iran is at an advanced stage of developing a missile that can carry a nuclear warhead.


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