Skip to comments.‘Iran outdoes N. Korea's long-range missile development'
Posted on 07/14/2011 9:05:48 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Iran outdoes N. Korea's long-range missile development'
By YAAKOV KATZ
Uzi Rubin says Tehran's new ballistic missile Fateh-110 that has been converted to be used against ships is "a significant breakthrough."
Iran has overtaken North Korea in the development of long-range sophisticated missiles, as demonstrated by the recent launch of a number of new missiles during military maneuvers in Iran, Uzi Rubin, the former head of Israels Homa Missile Defense Agency, said on Thursday.
According to Rubin, during the Great Prophet War Games held earlier this month, Iran displayed a new ballistic missile that has been converted to be used against ships. This is considered a significant breakthrough since most anti-ship missiles are cruise missiles that fly parallel to the waters surface while this missile takes a ballistic course toward its target.
This is a direct threat on the US Navy along Irans coast, Rubin said. The Iranians took a Fateh-110 rocket, which is also in Hezbollah hands, installed on it a guidance system and turned it into an anti-ship missile.
Rubins remarks came ahead of a missile defense conference later this month near Tel Aviv, which will be attended by senior defense officials from around the world, including US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy Frank Rose, US Missile Defense Agency Deputy Director for International Affairs Rob Helfant and the deputy defense minister of the Czech Republic.
The Iranians missile program is running ahead and the moment they have a nuclear weapon, they will have the means to launch it, Rubin said.
Earlier this week, diplomatic sources warned that Iran was preparing to install centrifuges for higher-grade uranium enrichment in an underground bunker.
Preparatory work is under way at the Fordow facility, tucked deep inside a mountain to protect it against any attacks, and machines used to refine uranium could soon be moved to the site near Qom, the sources said.
The Islamic republic said in June it would shift production of uranium that is enriched to 20 percent purity to Fordow from its main Natanz plant this year and triple its output capacity, in a defiant response to charges that it is trying to make atomic bombs.
Tehran only disclosed the existence of Fordow two years ago after Western intelligence detected it and said it was evidence of covert nuclear activities.
The facility has yet to start operating.
The Khalij Fars anti-ship missile
Unlike the Chinese, the Iranians have at least shown photographic evidence of anti-ship ballistic missile capability. Although I am sure the Chinese version works as well (though it is longer range and thus would require more capability). After all, the soviets had something similar as far back as the ‘70s, thus one can viably take the Chinese at their word that they have ASBMs.
Fateh-110 that has been converted to be used against shipsOf course, hoisting anchors and moving the ships around is considered poor sportsmanship, and will soon be banned by international agreement. ;')