Shahab-3A

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)
Speed:
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

Lebanon receives first Bradleys

The United States handed over the first eight of 32 Bradley M2A2 infantry fighting vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on 14 August, in a ceremony held at Beirut’s port. Speaking during the ceremony, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said the Bradleys represented an investment of more than USD100 million that will “provide the Lebanese […]

Algeria confirms Buk delivery

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Boeing wins $222m Chinook order for Saudi Arabia

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Raytheon Awarded $12 Million to Provide Engineering Services to Israeli Patriot Missiles

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Off-Target: The Folly of Removing Sanctions on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

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Don’t Forget Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

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