Skip to comments.Syria producing solid-fuel rockets that could reach Israel from Lebanon
Posted on 05/14/2010 9:36:18 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
Israel's military has determined that Syria was producing its first solid-fuel rockets. Officials said the military and intelligence community said the regime of President Bashar Assad has been producing and deploying a variant of an Iranian long-range rocket. They identified the Iranian rocket as the Fateh-110, developed by Teheran nearly a decade ago and supplied to several countries as well as the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah.
"This certainly enhances the military capability of Syria from what it was even five years ago," an official said.
Syria has taken the Fateh-110 and developed an enhanced variant. Officials said the upgraded weapon, termed M-600, included an extended range of 300 kilometers. The heritage Fateh-110 contained a range of about 200 kilometers.
Officials said M-600 was a guided rocket that could be controlled by an operator throughout its flight. They said the Syrian rocket, with a 500 kilogram warhead, could strike northern and central Israel from a launch in neighboring Lebanon.
In 2010, Syria was said to have transferred the M-600 to Hizbullah. Officials said Iran finances Syrian missile and rocket programs on condition that many of the products become available to either Teheran or Hizbullah.
"Syria and Iran carry out weapons transfers on a constant and structured basis in a way that can't be described as simple smuggling," Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz, a senior Israeli intelligence officer, told a Knesset committee in May 2010. "The transfers are official and well-organized."
Officials said the Israeli military has determined that Syria's missile and rocket capability increased significantly since the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah. They said Assad has become dependent on Iran for the survival of his regime.
"Military intelligence believes Syria could radically alter its role," Baidatz said. "But Assad feels that political progress with the current Israel government is impossible and has therefore
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That's like saying a rocket could hit New York from New Jersey. Of course it could.
Question is ... when will Israel react. For reasons of self preservation, they must react soon,
All the bad guys in the area have been shipping WMD to Syria for the past few months and the supposed good guys have done nothing but pick their noses. If they defeat Israel, Western Europe will be next along with North America. That old Mayan calendar maker might have been correct after all.
Then those French guns will have been dropped third time without a shot fired.
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