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 SAMs includes the following: SA-7, SA-8 (Gecko), SA-14 (Gremlin), SA-16 (Igla-1), SA-18 (Igla), FIM-92 Stinger, and QW-1. The size and exact breakdown of the stockpile is unclear, however.
In 2009, Israeli officials told their American counterparts that Hezbollah was in the possession of “dozens of SA-14, SA-7, and QW-1 anti-aircraft guns.” According to recent press reports, Israeli officials are worried Hezbollah has obtained advance weaponry during the midst of the ongoing conflict in Syria. Indeed, in March 2012, Haaretz reported that hundreds of Hezbollah fighters were undergoing training “in the use of advanced antiaircraft weapons.”
In late January 2013, the Israeli Air Force conducted a strike in Syria against Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles, which were believed to be headed for Hezbollah. Similarly, in November 2013, the Israeli Air Force targeted another batch of “missiles and related equipment” in Syria that they believed were headed for Hezbollah.
The Central Intelligence Agency and its regional partners have drawn up plans to supply more-powerful weapons to moderate rebels in Syria fighting the Russia-backed regime in the event the country’s six-week-old truce collapses, according to U.S. and other officials. The preparations for a so-called Plan B center on providing vetted rebel units with weapons systems […]
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 […]
Shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles have been trafficked out of Libya to Chad, Mali, Tunisia, Lebanon and likely Central African Republic, with attempts made to send them to Syrian opposition groups, according to a U.N. report on Tuesday. An independent panel of experts monitoring U.N. sanctions on Libya, that include an arms embargo imposed at the start […]
Hamas has tested anti-aircraft missiles against Israel, Al-Monitor reports. Israel said in 2012 that 10 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles had targeted its warplanes, marking an enhancement of Hamas’ military capabilities. Al-Monitor found that Palestinian fighters conducted a field test of anti-aircraft missile in January 2014. The missile missed its target, but the test went unreported in […]
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 […]