Israel says Iran continues ballistic missile launches

by Jeremy Binnie

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.

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

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

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.

When the Mohahem-92 was unveiled in September 2015, it was reported that the UAV had been developed by the Iranian air force’s self-sufficiency department. Similar UAVs have since been advertised by the TDMP as the Raqeeb and displayed by Iraq’s State Company for Military Industries (SCMI) during the IQDEX defence show held in Baghdad in March.

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