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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Good news: Iran developing ICBM launch pad

With North Korean assistance, Iran is building a massive launch site that could eventually be used to launch inter-continental ballistic missiles according to a report in Jane's (a widely respected defense publication available by very expensive subscription only) quoted on Israel Radio.
The new launcher, constructed near an existing rocket base in the Semnan province east of Teheran, is visible in satellite imagery, according to the report.

The defense intelligence group said the appearance of the launcher suggests assistance from North Korea, and that it may be intended to launch the Simorgh, a long-range Iranian-made missile unveiled in early February and officially intended to be used as a space-launch vehicle (SLV). SLV’s can be converted to be used as long-range ballistic missiles for military purposes.

Both the missile and the launch pad, which according to Jane’s is large enough to accommodate it, point to cooperation from Pyongyang.

Tal Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at the Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies, said shortly after the unveiling of the Simorgh that the rocket is a worrisome development since the missile could one day be adapted into an ICBM, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
I discussed the Simorgh (with video) here.

How's that 'engagement' going Barack?


Iran also claims to have launched a new line of cruise missiles. That claim could not be verified.


At 10:20 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
It's high time someone buy's Obama a pair of glasses to see what's in front of his nose.
I would say by Autumn this year Iran will be firing missiles towards Israel.
He's being aided by every enemy of Israel and an incompetant US president.
Have a great week !


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