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Iran tests solid-fuel engine for Shahab 3

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posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 05:25 AM
Iran announced that it has successfully tested a solid-fuel engine for its Shahab 3 medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM).

"Using solid fuel would be more durable and increase the range of the missile," said Iranian Defence Minister Ali Shamkhani in a TV interview in Tehran.

He stated that one of the two missile engines that were tested is intended for the Shahab 3, which, according to Iran, has a range of 2,000 km. "A missile using liquid fuel is short-lived. You can use it for a limited time. Solid fuel makes the missile durable and dramatically increases its accuracy," said Shamkhani.

The announcement alarmed Israeli intelligence agencies, which try to monitor Iran's advancing missile programme, yet few details were available on the announced test. "If, indeed, Iran developed a solid-fuel engine suitable for MRBMs, then it is a significant breakthrough for its missile programme," Uzi Rubin, former director of Israel's Missile Defence Agency, told JDW.

"Iran has made this a high-priority programme and has accelerated efforts to field an indigenously produced MRBM," said a US intelligence source. "A flight test of the system could be made within a year with new systems expected to enter service shortly thereafter."


I bet that this development was solely because of Russian and Chinese involvment. I hope Israel gets something like the THAAD soon

posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 07:04 AM
In a not really directly related news, there is a plan underway to build a pipeline from iran through pak to india


I wonder when the USA/NATO will attack Iran and what the reason will be?

[edit on 10-6-2005 by siddarthpanditv]

posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 07:14 AM
They don't need THAAD they have enough anti missile systems, also Iran still has to actually test and produce the engine before it concerns Israel.

posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 07:47 AM
Israel's Arrow system is not sufficient to keep the Shabab-3 at bay.

Arrow would not protect Israel from attack by missiles much faster than Scuds, or by any kind of missile carrying weapons of mass destruction, or simply by large quantities of missiles. Several kinds of missiles procured by enemies of Israel have ranges considerably greater than is required to reach Israel. One reason why anyone might want to fire a missile with a range of, say, 3000 kilometers at a target that is only 500 kilometers away is that such a missile would arrive at its target after having reached a height of about 1200 km—-roughly the height reached by intercontinental missiles. Like them, it would arrive at speeds typically more than 6 km/sec. That is three times the speed of Scuds, and about twice the speed of the targets that Arrow is designed to handle. As for weapons of mass destruction, whether chemical, biological, or nuclear, interception at ranges of 50 km or so may be sufficient to protect military forces in a “theater of operations.” But it is not far enough to protect populated areas.

posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 07:50 AM

Recently Iran slightly modified the shape of its Shahaab-3 (with a lot of Russian help of course) . Head of Israeli Defence Ministry Uzi Rubin in his own words stated that the shift from the No-dong type shape of the Shahaab-3 to the very bottle-neck type shape (now known as Shahab- 3B) , is proof that Iran is trying to foil the Arrow system.

"We go crazy about Iranian progress in the nuclear field, and forget that the missiles Iran is developing can do us damage even with conventional capabilities," Rubin said.

posted on Jun, 10 2005 @ 04:21 PM
Well that's too bad for Israel looks like they should develop better anti-missile system instead of relying on big brother all the time.

posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 01:11 PM
But big bro dose'nt seem to happy with Israel for proliferation of the LAVI(F-16 tech), THEL, UAV's, radars,etc to China

Check this thread out for the full list of proliferated tech
U.S. Suspends Arrow and THEL Collaboration with Israel

posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 07:07 PM
What is the deal with all of these more hostile countries and making defensive missiles that will outwit the current systems in place and stuff like that. It's easy to see why the Israeli government is getting a little bit anxious with all of this going on around them. However, nothing is ever official with a missile until one has been launched and performed as it was claimed to.

posted on Jun, 11 2005 @ 10:54 PM
now the US can pressure Isreal if they want to, who says that washington didnt use isreal to give the tech to china? *cough* cold war *cough*

posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 12:14 PM
dont see what the bloody fuss is about

all countries test and build long range missiles dont see why Iran is an exception

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