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Israel: Iran will have U.S.-range missile in 2-3 years
Reuters ^ | 2/21/2012 | Reuters

Posted on 02/22/2012 9:37:21 PM PST by U-238

Israel believes that within 2-3 years Iran will have intercontinental missiles able to hit the United States, an Israeli minister said in remarks aimed at raising awareness of the threat it believes a nuclear Iran would pose to the world.

Analysts now estimate the longest range of an Iranian missile to be about 2,400 km (1,500 miles), capable of reaching Tehran's arch-enemy Israel as well as Europe.

But Israel has also been keen to persuade any allies who do not share their view of the risk posed by Iran that an Islamic Republic with atom bombs would also threaten the West.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz's assessment, in an interview with CNBC, was in line with an unclassified U.S. Defense Department report in 2010 that estimated Iran may be able to build a U.S.-range missile by 2015.

"They (the Iranians) are working now and investing a lot of billions of dollars in order to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles," said Steinitz, a former chairman of the Israeli parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ballisticmissile; icbm; iran; israel; slv

1 posted on 02/22/2012 9:37:31 PM PST by U-238
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On January 5, 2004, Iran’s Defense Minister, reportedly announced that Iran would launch a satellite within 18 months. Some experts believe that Iran ould use its space launch vehicle (SLV) program as a technical base for developing intermediate and intercontinental range ballistic missiles


2 posted on 02/22/2012 9:40:30 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

E M P over the USA????


3 posted on 02/22/2012 9:43:45 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

Possibly.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 9:44:40 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238
0bama will act on this new information to keep us safe...

the best route for him will be to reduce the US Nuclear Arsenal by another 95%. That will ensure that the Iranian government will like us again, and never attack us.

And then, on January 21, 0bama will retire to Kenya, where no Iranian missile will ever be targeted...

[Note: 0bama views the US nuclear arsenal as a mathematical calculus equation... you can always halve your distance to any object, even if that object is the US having 0 nukes]

5 posted on 02/22/2012 9:56:50 PM PST by C210N
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Providing assessments of when a country could and is likely to test an ICBM takes into account uncertainties and cases where a solid evidentiary base is not available for making more definitive assessments. The availability of foreign assistance is frequently a critical driver in both formulations, and is so noted, especially when foreign assistance accelerates the program dramatically.It is extremely subjective.


6 posted on 02/22/2012 10:24:54 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

Maybe in 25 years.

Seems like that’s how long I’ve been hearing this.


7 posted on 02/22/2012 10:33:12 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Their getting close. They are getting technical assistance from Russia,China,and North Korea


8 posted on 02/22/2012 10:35:59 PM PST by U-238
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To: Vendome

They have also upgraded their ballistic missiles to become satellite launchers. To orbit a satellite is a very complicated project. There are missile stages, and a careful guidance and control system to insert the satellite into a stable, desired trajectory.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 10:42:22 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238
The news breaks in the WhiteHouse:


10 posted on 02/22/2012 11:04:43 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: TheBattman

LOL


11 posted on 02/22/2012 11:06:07 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

In two or three years it won’t need a missile.

Just clip the nuke to the bottom of a drone and launch it from a freighter 200 miles off shore.


12 posted on 02/23/2012 1:10:12 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: U-238

BS,


13 posted on 02/23/2012 1:24:57 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: org.whodat

These are just estimates.They are based on many factors.Other factors—including potential technical problems, motivations and intentions,and political andconomic delays—then were applied to assess the likely timing of the country testing an ICBM. These judgments provide the Intelligence Community assessments of the most likely course of events based on a variety of factors.


14 posted on 02/23/2012 1:29:16 AM PST by U-238
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To: zeestephen

Excellent point!!!


15 posted on 02/23/2012 1:29:43 AM PST by U-238
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To: U-238
Firing a missile over the top of the world into outer space and making a controlled reentry is not a walk in the park. Iran's scientists will drop dead one by one and never get there.
16 posted on 02/23/2012 1:33:30 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: org.whodat

It not a walk in a park but within reach.The solid-propellant technology demonstrated by the Sejil gives the Iranian a key for longer-range missiles that could be deployed in a survivable manner from Western Iran. They took the Shahab, extended it a bit, added a new lightweight second stage, and now they have the Safir space launch vehicle.


17 posted on 02/23/2012 1:38:05 AM PST by U-238
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To: org.whodat

http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/08/17/us-iran-satellite-idUSHAF75296620080817


18 posted on 02/23/2012 1:41:55 AM PST by U-238
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19 posted on 02/23/2012 4:31:27 AM PST by SJackson (The Pilgrims Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn't do !)
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To: C210N
you can always halve your distance to any object,

As was proven long ago, halving distance between any two points (A to B) results in never reaching point B. The US having 0 nukes is appropriate for the area formerly known as the US with a President named Zero.

20 posted on 02/23/2012 5:00:28 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: U-238

The IAEA inspectors just in Iran were there to inspect the solid-fuel rocket facility at Parchin. They were quickly refused access.

Iran is going full speed to develop solid-fuel as that is the key to range-payload of their rockets.

The inspectors could have also noticed any, say, N Korean smiling faces at Parchin also.


21 posted on 02/23/2012 8:08:30 AM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: U-238

Great. And we have that Dummkopf in the White House to protect us.


22 posted on 02/23/2012 10:34:09 AM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: gandalftb

Actially, Iranian missile engineers has surpassed their North Korean counterparts.But looking North Korean satellite launch attempts, they used a satellite launcher that looks nothing like what we see in Iran. It was completely different, much bigger and heavier, and with three stages.


23 posted on 02/23/2012 3:34:30 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

The Sajjil solid propellant missile is very difficult to guide and control. Iranian engineers are overcoming those problems by using a modified Shahab 3 guidance system with the the help of the N Koreans whom helped design the Shahab based on their No Dong 1.

You’re right about the launchers, that’s not something the N Koreans were ever focused on. Iran correctly saw how elusive Saddam’s SCUD launchers were and those that made it to Syria likely ended up in Iran. They would be hard to find and degrade if we ever have to go after them.


24 posted on 02/23/2012 6:30:12 PM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks U-238.


25 posted on 02/25/2012 7:13:07 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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