OTR-21 Tochka (SS-21 Scarab)

Operator: Syria Yemen
Status: In Service In Service
Number: 200 in 1998; 18-20 launchers and 36 missiles in 2007 24; 4 launchers in 2007
Acquired: 1983 1980s (was supplied to both North and South Yemen)
General Specs:
Country of origin: Soviet Union
Introduced: 1975 (1989 for OTR-21B)
Class: Short-range ballistic missile (SRBM)
Range: Scarab-A: 43.5 miles (70 km)

Scarab-B: 74.6 miles (120 km)

Scarab-C: 115.6 miles (185 km)

Warhead: Nuclear 10 to 100 kT, HE, chemical, EMP, or submunitions (1062.6 lbs (482 kg)
Weight: 4409.25 lbs (2,000 kg)
Length: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Diameter: 2.1 ft (0.65 m)
Propellant: Single-stage solid
Guidance System: Inertial combined with GPS and a radar or optical (TV) terminal
Accuracy: 311.7 – 524.9 ft CEP (95 – 160 m)
Launch Platform: 9P129 6×6 wheeled transporter erector launcher
Combat history: Possibly use in Syria Civil War. Houthi and Pro-Saleh forces have released video of at least one missile fired toward Saudi Arabia in 2015.

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