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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Good news: Iran speeding up missile production

You thought they were too busy trying to deal with their domestic issues. They're not.

UPI quotes Israeli intelligence reports that Iran has sped up its missile production. They are determined to produce 1000 long-range ballistic missiles with a range of 1550 miles and 500 mobile launchers over the next six years. And then? If the 12th Imam hasn't come by then, it'll be party time.
At present, the liquid-fueled Shehab is the mainstay of the Islamic Republic's strategic missile forces. Tehran is believed to have deployed 100-200 of these weapons, which have an estimated range of 1,250 miles.

But with the successful May 20 launch of a new ballistic missile, the solid-fuel Sajjil-2, with a reported range of 1,200 miles, Western specialists believe that Iran is now on the threshold of producing a new generation of long-range missiles.

It is likely that Iran will concentrate its production capabilities on the new missile. Solid-fuel missiles can be launched faster than liquid-fueled systems, which can take up to an hour to fuel.

Thus solid-fuel missiles are harder to detect in launch mode than liquid-fueled weapons, and thus less vulnerable to pre-emptive strikes.

A third ballistic missile, the Ashura, also solid-fueled, was unveiled in 2007 and test-fired in 2008. The Jerusalem Post reported on May 18 that the two-stage Ashura was believed to have entered production, possibly to replace the Shaheb-3.
Some experts disagree with the Israeli assessments, and believe that without assistance, Iran is unlikely to have a long-range ballistic missile for 10-15 years.

That's the Shehab-3 at the top. It's enough for Israel, thank you.

Read the whole thing.


At 1:43 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Iran's extremist rulers are not so pre-occupied by domestic unrest that they are inhibited from upgrading their offensive armaments.

They've given lie to the notion all they want is to be accepted by the West.

What could go wrong indeed

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

Sorry for an off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a way to email you directly.

Here's what I have learned:

"Palestinian" news agency has opened a site in Hebrew.


I wonder why they even bother - there already exist numerous Israeli sites that do the Arab propaganda just fine...

At 11:29 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl doesn't need to read the PA's Hebrew site for that - he can get it from the Palestinian daily in Hebrew every day - Haaretz. Yes, its completely redundant.


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