Short-Range Rockets and Mortars

Open source information on Hamas’ weapon arsenal is difficult to glean due to the organization’s lack of transparency. has created broad categories of Hamas weaponry to provide a general sense of capabilities.

For Hamas, the category Short-Range Rockets and Mortars includes the following: 52/60mm81mm100mm120mm175mm Nour107mm Type 63122mm BM-21 and Qassam rockets.

Combined, Hamas is currently believed to have at least 5,000 of these weapons in their arsenal.


Israeli Mortar-Detecting Radars Fully Operational Around Gaza Strip

The Israeli Ministry of Defense has deployed tactical radars made by RADA Electronic Industries to provide early warning of mortars and short-range rockets fired from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli company announced on 9 September. RADA, which produces defence electronics and tactical land radars, says that the Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) systems that the Israel […]


More Iron Dome Batteries Deployed in Light of Renewed Rocket Fire

In light of recent regeneration of rocket fire on southern Israeli communities, security officials decided last week to deploy four Iron Dome air defense system batteries in Ashdod, Netivot, Ashkelon and Beersheba. On Thursday night, rocket alert sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding communities warning of a possible projectile attack. Although the projectile failed to […]

Israeli Aircraft Strike, PM Accuses World of Ignoring Gaza Rockets

Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Sunday after the latest in a series of Palestinian rocket attacks that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the international community of ignoring. The Omar Brigades, a Palestinian group that supports Islamic State, claimed responsibility for Saturday’s salvo, which, like the Israeli air strikes, caused no casualties. Israel closed […]


IDF, Hamas Prepare for Next Conflict

A little under a year since the outbreak of the 50-day conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Egyptian-mediated truce still holds, but both sides are preparing for renewed hostilities. Hamas fighters are training intensively in the Gaza Strip and detonating explosives right next to the border so they can be heard […]


Israel’s Military Wish List

Since Congress first mandated military aid to Israel in 1971, the United States has provided the country nearly $100 billion in assistance. In 2008, Washington’s commitment to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) over its regional adversaries was formally written into U.S. law. That close military cooperation is set to intensify following last week’s visit […]


Countering Gaza’s Mortars

Hours before the latest ceasefire was announced between Hamas and Israel, two Israeli civilians were killed and five others wounded near the Gaza border by Palestinian mortar fire. This followed a mortar attack Friday that killed four year-old Daniel Tragerman in kibbutz Nahal Oz. Though often overlooked because of their limited range and small size, […]


Gaza Rockets, Iranian Fingerprints

Hamas has fired more than 1,400 rockets into Israel, putting roughly two-thirds of the population in range, since the most recent round of violence erupted last week. Many of the variants can be traced back to the tenacious weapons smuggling efforts of Iran. When Israel’s navy seized weapons aboard the Klos-C on the Red Sea in early March, it appeared Israeli […]


An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]