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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Hezbullah's rockets

I want to remind you all of a post I did two months ago, regarding the range of Hezbullah's rockets. What we have seen until now have been Katyusha's and Fajr's, but Hezbullah has longer range rockets that we know about but have not seen yet (bli ayin hara - warding off evil eyes):

HaAretz reported two months ago that Hezbullah has rockets called the Zelzal-1 and Zelzal-2. Here's what I reported about it at the time:

According to HaAretz:
The solid-fuel rockets lack an independent guidance system and their accuracy is questionable but they can still cause considerable damage.

According to intelligence estimates, the rockets are meant to strike non-specific areas, such as towns and cities, and carry a warhead estimated to weigh 600 kilograms. This latest development doubles the range of weapons previously in Hezbollah's arsenal.
600 Kilos is a huge warhead. For those of you who think in pounds, that's more than 1300 pounds. That's the size of a good car. That's a huge warhead.
The rockets delivered to the Hezbollah have appeared under different names. One is Zelzal-2, and its earlier model is the Zelzal-1. Another Iranian name for the rocket is Nazeat.

The rocket was first seen in a military parade in Tehran in September 2005, the first such event following the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president.


In 1996, Iran tested the Zelzal-2 and then put the missile system up for sale. The Zelzal-2 is 8.32 m in length and 0.61 m in diameter, with a launch weight of 3,400 kg. It carries its 600 kg warhead to a maximum range of 200 km (124 miles).
The Fajr-3, which Hezbullah has been using over the weekend, has a range of 45 kilometers.

Read the whole thing.


At 5:08 PM, Blogger realwest said...

Hi Carl - posted this on prior thread (Duh!) but none of us at LGF have heard from you today and are concerned that you and your family are safe.
SO what's the word?

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Chris said...

Yah, at first blush, that might have been what took out the train repair station in Haifa, but the warhead was too small. In addition, the warhead had ball-bearings in it, classic IED trademarks. Looks like the train repair station in Haifa was hit by an Kat upgrade.

Methinks the Hez are waiting to hit use the Zels to hit Tel Aviv and possibly try a lucky shot at Damona.

Once the Fleet Marine Ready Group gets our people out of Lebanon, you folks look like you're getting a multi-brigade task force ready to go up and clean house in the Bekaa. I don't think Olmert will stop at the Litani. I think you'll bypass Beirut altogether and go for the weapons caches in teh Bekaa. The Hez are only about 5,000 effectives. Key targets for the IDF paratroopers will be about 500 Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Special Forces troops.

You MUST kill or capture them and parade them in front of the cameras in Jerusalem to embarrass Ahmadhi Dinner Jacket. That's the key to humiliating him and reducing his Mojo with the Collegium of Ayatollahs.

Let Lebanon be his Bay of Pigs.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I'm fine. Hsifa is 1:45 north of here. Just very busy.


I haven't posted it yet but JPost is reporting that the missiles that hit Haifa were Syrian made. I agree with you about the Zels. I also agree with you about the Bekaa, but I don't think we'll ignore Beirut as long as Nasrallah is still alive.


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