Open source information on Hezbollah’s weapon arsenal is difficult to glean due to the organization’s lack of transparency. MilitaryEdge.org has created broad categories of Hezbollah weaponry to provide a general sense of capabilities.
For Hezbollah, the category Assorted Anti-Ship Missiles includes the following: C-802 and Yakhont missiles. The size and exact breakdown of the stockpile is unclear, however. In fact, in 2009, Israeli officials told their American counterparts that they believed Hezbollah possessed “an unknown quantity of C-802 coastal missiles.”
During the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, a C-802 missile was fired at an Israeli naval vessel in an attack that killed four. More recently, Israeli officials have expressed concern that Hezbollah may try to use anti-ship missiles to target installations linked to Israel’s gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea.
In July 2013, the Israeli Air Force struck a stockpile of Yakhont missiles that were stationed in Syria and may have been destined for Hezbollah. According to U.S. officials, the entire stockpile was not eliminated as some of the missiles had been moved in advance.
Israeli officials believe that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has amassed around 150,000 rockets, including a number of long range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south. The estimates represent a 50 percent increase in the group’s weapons stockpiles since May, when a senior Israeli intelligence official put the number at […]
Some 25 kilometers off the Israeli coastline, under a searing late summer sun, the INS Lahav Sa’ar-5 class missile ship slowed down, coming to a stop near a drilling rig in the Yam Tethys gas field. Nearby, a Rafael-produced Protector unmanned sea vehicle, equipped with a remote control weapons station, sped through the shiny blue […]
An unsettling surge in terrorism by Iranian proxies has many Israelis convinced the release to Tehran of tens of billions of dollars in frozen funds is already putting the Jewish state in danger. In recent days, rockets have rained down on Israel from Gaza in the south and the Golan Heights to the north, Israeli […]
The less-than-idyllic vistas of the Middle Eastern shores has been part of the operational routine of the outgoing commander of the Navy’s Missile Boats Flotilla (Shayetet 3), Col. Eyal Harel, and his fighters, over the past three years. After nine years as a commander at sea, Harel has turned into one of the few officers […]
U.S. officials believe members of Hezbollah, the militant group backed by Iran, are smuggling advanced, guided-missile systems into Lebanon from Syria piece by piece to evade a secretive Israeli air campaign designed to stop them. The moves illustrate how both Hezbollah and Israel are using Syria’s civil war as cover for what increasingly is seen […]
While the United States was fixated on the second presidential debate on Sunday night, one of its ships was under fire in the Middle East. Details remain few, but reports suggest that the Houthis, a Yemeni militant group backed by Iran, fired two anti-ship missiles at the USS Mason as it patrolled the Bab el-Mandeb […]
The sudden appearance of Russian forces in Syria in recent weeks is raising concerns about inadvertent conflicts with the U.S.-led coalition. But while much of the spotlight may be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to prop up the Assad regime and the escalating diplomatic tensions with Washington, Russia’s gambit presents a challenge for another […]
President Barack Obama, defending the recent Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), insists that his negotiators are providing an alternative to war. But the president is only referring to how the deal will defer a nuclear showdown. While that can is kicked down the road for decade, the agreement contains a […]