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

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