posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 02:09 AM
Hey Wrabbit, S&F for your usual good posting subject matter. I would suspect with Ramadan coming up, that if Saudi Arabia were to have missiles
targeted at Iran, it would be politically expedient to have them also target Israel.
But I think that the 'Jane's Intelligence Review Analyst' they cite is unfamiliar with Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles and how they work, or to
detect whether or not they are "pointed" in any way shape or form.
First the Dongfeng 3 Improved Variant I, which was sold as an upgrade to Saudi Arabia launches with an accelerating thrust of 96 tonnes on a wide
footprint and 64,000 kg body weight with imprecisely guided thrust vanes, which would more than break the longitudinal stressbeam of the missile were
it to be fired along anything other than a precise gravitational axis (pointing straight up into the air). Were the missile tilted or 'pointed' on a
lorry and then fired it would simply break apart during the primary thrust.
These photos are of launch pad enabled variant of the missile system, which must 1) be fueled in anticipation of the launch event because the
Unsymmetrical Dimethyl Hydrazine (UDMH) fuel and AK-27 oxidiser (nitric acid with 27% nitrogen tetroxide) would easily compromise the lattice bravais
of even the most corrosion resistant tantalum, zirconium or chrome fuel tank liner, were it to be stored over a long period of time. In addition the
launch codes, waypoints and inertial guidance data have to be loaded along with the warhead at the same time as it would ostensibly be fueled.
That is why 2) there are two darkened tarmac approaches to the missile on the pad, one for the fuel assembly truck and another for the warhead and
coding. So that both can be accomplished simultaneously inside a 2 hour window or maybe less if necessary. These dark approaches to the missile have
nothing to do with the missile 'pointing' in any way shape for form. The inertial guidance ladder logic, and then the vanes in the efflux nozzles of
the YF-2(I) engines is what determines the 'pointing.' One cannot tell this by satellite photo.
So this clock looking arrangement, is simply a set of two tarmac accesses to the vertical launch point on the pad.
The black lines pointing 310 T
and 010 T have nothing to do with the intended target (that is all contained in the unseen inertial guidance system settings).
edit on 12-7-2013 by TheEthicalSkeptic because: (no reason given)