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    • bob from Philadelphia
    • 19.11.12 | 23:51 (IST)

    "S Judah" asked about the accuracy of Iran's missiles. Their workhorse missile with the range to reach Israel is the Shahab-3. (They have made small numbers of about four other missiles that can reach Israel, including one with both stages solid fuel.) When first produced in 2003 it is estimated that it would be likely to hit perhaps a km from where it was aimed. In 2006 they switched to a solid-fuel second stage, adding accuracy. These missiles are relatively fast, adding accuracy. There have been many improvements, and it is now believed that they have a CEP (Circle of Estimated Precision) of 30-50 meters; as many land within that circle as land outside of it. They are either tipped with one of two models of single warheads of either about 1000 kg or a tri-conic warhead of about 750 kg. They also have cluster payloads that deliver five cluster bomb warheads, each with 280 bomblets. All of these warheads are believed to be independently manuverable and targetable.They probably have decoy technology. One other model of missile carries three independently targetable high explosive warheads. Today Iran has about 500 of these missiles, over 400 should be Shahab-3s. (The number is mostly based on recent testimony in the Knesset from IDF Military Intelligence.) Iran has also developed a cruise missile and a drone bomber that can both reach Israel, largely based on Russian Kh-55 cruise missiles that crooked Ukranian officials illegally sold to Iran (12) and China (6) in 2001, I think. Probably only have a few at this time, but it is a new mode of attack that will have to be addressed. Netanyahu and some of his allies have been spreading the idea that Iran has 35 missiles that can reach Israel. Israel's Arrows can stop 35 missiles, but only a small fraction of 500. And the Iranian missiles are not loaded with fertilizer warheads. You almost have to be hit in the forehead with a Quassam to be killed by it.

    from the article: The porous shield of Israel's Iron Dome
    First published 17:04 19.11.12 | Last updated 17:04 19.11.12
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