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A snake deserves no pity

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on June 28, 2010

The transfer of twelve (12) KH-55s from Ukraine to Iran occurred between 1999 and 2001 which means other six missiles transferred to China. This means that Iran has had approximately 10 years to reverse engineer and improve upon the nuclear capable (200kT) KH-55 cruise missiles. This is data is very probably more critical to Israeli military planners than the recent announcements of Hezbollah’s possession of Syrian M-600 (Scud-like) ballistic missiles.

Based on extensive research into this matter, it would appear that the Iranians could strike any target within a radius approximately equal to the distance between Tehran and Athens, Greece. This clearly puts all US CENTCOM and Israeli fixed-position, strategic military targets within the range of these weapons.

Shahab-3 was the first Intermediate-range ballistic missile that was built by Iran’s military. Its first model, also known as Shahab-3A has a range of 1300 km. Soon after Iran came with a new model called Shahab-3B, which has a range of 2000 km, and can carry a heavier warhead. Making this missile was a major step in Iran’s missile industry, and it opened the way to longer range missiles. Shahab-3D, which followed the Shahab-3C, is Iran’s latest Shahab model. A 2,000 km range threatens Russia (as far as Moscow), Ukraine, part of Hungary, Serbia, Greece, Egypt, Arabia, parts of India and China, as well as countries closer to Iran.

The new two-stage solid-fuel missile has a range of nearly 2,000 km; it was tested on the 12th of November 2008. An improved version, the Sajjil-2, was tested on the 20th of May 2009. Improvements include better navigation system, better targeting system, more payload, longer range, faster lift-off, longer storage time, quicker launch and lower detection possibilities.

Iran has enough low-enriched uranium to make two weapons, which it could have prepared and ready for delivery as early as 2012, CIA director Leon Panetta said.

“We think they have enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons,” Panetta told the ABC network’s “This Week” program.

Tehran would need a year to enrich it fully to produce a bomb and it would take “another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable,” he said.

I don’t agree with CIA director Leon Panetta, Do you think approximately 10 years is not enough to them to improve upon the nuclear capable (200kT) KH-55 cruise missiles and manufacture more?

They had time for 1999 until 2010 to make delivery systems. Wiser not to underestimate them so much also.

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