Operator: Iran
Status: In Service
Number: Fewer than 20 launchers were deployed as of March 2006
Cost: Unknown
Acquired: 2003
General Specs:
Country of origin: Iran (based on North Korean Nodong-A)
Manufacturer: Shahid Hemat Industrial Group (It is believed that the original technology came from either Russia or China)
Introduced: 2003 (tested in 1997 and 1998)
Class: Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM)
Range: 497 – 807.8 miles (800 – 1,300 km)
Warhead: Nuclear, HE, chemical, or submunitions (payload: 1675.5 – 2645.5 lbs (760 – 1,200 kg)
Weight: 38,382 lbs (17,410 kg)
Length: 51.2 – 54.4 ft (15.6 – 16.58 m)
Diameter: 4.1 – 4.5 ft (1.25 – 1.38 m)
Propellant: Single-stage liquid
Guidance System: Inertial
Accuracy: 0.11 – 1.6 miles CEP (190 – 2,500 m)
Launch Platform: Road mobile

Iran Tests Another Mid-Range Ballistic Missile in Breach of UN Resolutions

Iran has carried out a new medium range ballistic missile test in breach of two United Nations Security Council resolutions, a senior U.S. official told Fox News on Monday. Western intelligence says the test was held Nov. 21 near Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province near the border with Pakistan.  The launch took place from […]


Iran Reveals Range of Emad Ballistic Missile

The Emad ‘guided ballistic missile’ that was unveiled on 11 October has a range of 1,700 km, the Fars News Agency cited Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, as saying on 12 November. When the Emad was unveiled, it was clear it is not an […]


Sanctions, Sabotage, Science Delay Iran’s Missile Program

While attention has focused on curbing Iran’s ability to produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon, sanctions, sabotage, technical problems and political calculation have combined to set back Iran’s development of missiles that could potentially deliver such a weapon. Michael Elleman, an expert on missiles at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told Al-Monitor in an interview Dec. […]


Iran Says It Improves Accuracy of Missiles

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Europe’s Missile Shield and Iran’s Capabilities

On December 18, the same week UN experts declared that Iran’s October test launch of a medium-range ballistic missile was a violation of this summer’s nuclear deal, Washington announced the completion of an advanced missile defense facility in Romania. It is designed, among other things, to defend Europe against Tehran’s increasing missile capabilities. The step […]


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UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrines the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement, stipulates that restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missiles will expire eight years after the deal’s implementation. This expiration date is a strategic blunder. Permanent relief for ballistic missiles will allow Iran to not only reinforce its deterrent capacity, but to […]


Don’t Forget Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Last month, the P5+1 and Iran arranged for an extension of Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), the interim nuclear deal that was agreed to in Geneva in late 2013 and implemented in January of this year. The deal has been prolonged for four months as the parties continue to seek a comprehensive solution. Remarkably absent […]