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Saudi Arabia may be producing rocket motors

25 January 2019
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Satellite imagery suggests Saudi Arabia has built a solid-propellant rocket motor production facility next to its Al-Watah missile base, the Washington Post cited experts as saying on 24 January.

Saudi Arabia is presumed to be looking for ways to replace or augment its existing arsenal of DF-3 ballistic missiles. (Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense)Saudi Arabia is presumed to be looking for ways to replace or augment its existing arsenal of DF-3 ballistic missiles. (Saudi Arabia Ministry of Defense)

The work appears to have begun in 2013 and includes the construction of high-bay buildings that are tall enough to be used to fill rocket motor cases as well as one that appears to be a test stand for solid-propellant rocket motors, according to Jeffrey Lewis from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies' Center for Nonproliferation Studies.

Lightning rods are also dotted around the site to prevent accidental explosions and one building is surrounded by a berm to contain an explosion.

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