CBRN Assessment

Israel says Iran continues ballistic missile launches

05 June 2019

The Khorramshahr was unveiled in the Sacred Defence parade on 22 September 2017. Source: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Iran launched a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) in December 2018, the Israeli representative to the UN told the Security Council in a letter released on 5 June.

Danny Danon said there had been seven Iranian ballistic missile launches between December 2018 and February 2019, including one involving a missile he described as a "Khorramshahr variant", in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Unveiled in September 2017, the Khorramshahr is Iran's newest MRBM and has been said to have a range of 2,000 km with a 1,800 kg warhead: a significantly improved performance on earlier Iranian missiles.

The other missiles Danon said were launched included three Zolfaghars (the longest-range version of Iran's Fateh-110 tactical ballistic missiles), a Qiam (Iran's significantly improved derivative of the R-17 'Scud'), a Shahab-3 MRBM, and an otherwise unidentified 'Scud' variant.

Danon also said that Iran has transferred technological knowledge to enable Iraq's Technical Directorate for Military Production (TDMP) to produce the Mohajem-92 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as the Raqeeb.

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