Open source information on Hamas and Hezbollah’s weapon arsenal is difficult to glean due to their lack of transparency. MilitaryEdge.org has created broad categories, when necessary, of Hamas and Hezbollah weaponry to provide a general sense of capabilities.
For Hamas, the category Assorted Anti-Tank Missiles includes the following weapons: AT-3 Sagger, AT-4 Spigot, AT-5 Spandrel, AT-14 Kornet, RPG-29, RPG-7, Yasin (RPG) and light anti-tank weapon (LAW) rockets.
While the exact number of anti-tank missiles in Hamas’ possession is unknown, it is estimated to be in the hundreds, if not thousands. In 2007, Israeli officials suggested the number was at least 6,000. More recently, Israeli officials have noted that Hamas has made improvements in their anti-tank capabilities. For example, in 2011, Hamas operatives fired a Kornet missile at an Israeli bus in an attack that killed one civilian.
While the exact number of anti-tank missiles in Hezbollah’ possession is unknown, it is estimated to be in the hundreds, if not thousands. In 2009, Israeli officials told their American counterparts that they estimated Hezbollah had “hundreds of simple anti-tank (AT) launchers with rockets and missiles, and hundreds of advanced anti-tank wire guided missiles (ATGM).” Recent press reports suggest Hezbollah may be attempting to upgrade its stockpile of anti-tank missiles and that in a future conflict their fighters will use “thousands of advanced anti-tank missiles.”
During the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, Israeli officials noted the efficacy of Hezbollah’s anti-tank missiles. “The majority of Israel Defense Forces ground troops casualties [during the war] were the result of special anti-tank units of Hezbollah,” Haaretz reported. Similarly, an IDF official following the war stated that “we were surprised by the amounts [of anti-tank missiles Hezbollah had], which at times seemed endless.”
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards have built a number of weapons production factories in Lebanon and handed them over to Hezbollah, which has been running the production lines for the past three months, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida recently reported. The Kuwaiti newspaper quotes an anonymous source as saying that these plants can produce different types of rockets […]
An unsettling surge in terrorism by Iranian proxies has many Israelis convinced the release to Tehran of tens of billions of dollars in frozen funds is already putting the Jewish state in danger. In recent days, rockets have rained down on Israel from Gaza in the south and the Golan Heights to the north, Israeli […]
The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has built up a massive arsenal of rockets and other advanced weapons in Shiite villages of southern Lebanon, a senior Israeli intelligence official said Wednesday, warning civilians would be at risk if war breaks out. According to the official, Hezbollah has an estimated 100,000 short-range rockets capable of striking northern […]
Residents of Israel and Lebanon feared Wednesday that their countries were edging toward war after Israeli troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia exchanged deadly barrages across a fractious border earlier in the day. The clashes, which began with a Hezbollah attack that killed two Israeli soldiers, marked one of the most serious flare-ups of violence […]
During a celebration to mark Hamas’ inauguration, which was held in the Gaza Strip on Dec. 14, Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, expressed his thanks to Iran for supporting Hamas with money and weapons and providing it with rockets and anti-tank missiles. Before Hamas expressed its thanks to Iran, a high-level visit to Tehran was made […]
The Gaza-based al-Mujahideen Brigades, the military wing of the al-Mujahideen movement, announced on Monday that they have manufactured a new type of handheld missile launcher. A spokesman for the group, named Abu Omar, said in a statement received by Ma’an that the new launcher called “Sair”, which means “flames” or “hell” in Arabic, would be […]
Yemen’s Houthi rebels tested a new rocket last Thursday, marking the fourth new projectile they unveiled this year. Dubbed the Somoud, or “steadfastness,” the projectile’s launch was broadcast late last week across Arab and Iranian media. While observers were quick to point fingers at Tehran, based on its established track record of arming the Houthis, […]
President Barack Obama, defending the recent Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), insists that his negotiators are providing an alternative to war. But the president is only referring to how the deal will defer a nuclear showdown. While that can is kicked down the road for decade, the agreement contains a […]