Alarming Reports: Russia's Ally Increases Missile Production

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jul.09 - 2024 10:12 AM CET

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Iran has escalated its production of ballistic missile

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Iran has escalated its production of ballistic missiles, a move that has raised concerns among U.S. officials regarding regional stability and arms proliferation.

Increased Production

According to Tech recent reports indicate Iran's decision to increase production aims not only to bolster its own defense capabilities but also to supply advanced weaponry to allies like Russia, Hezbollah, and Yemeni Houthi rebels.

Among Iran's formidable arsenal are the Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar missile systems, known for their ability to be launched from mobile platforms, enhancing their operational flexibility and resilience against potential attacks.

The Fateh-110 boasts a range of approximately 300 km, while the Zolfaghar can target locations up to 700 km away. Even more advanced are the Shahab-3 and Emad missiles, with ranges exceeding 1500 km, capable of carrying warheads weighing up to 750 kg.

The United States and Israel have expressed significant apprehension over Iran's ballistic missile capabilities, particularly focusing on the Emad missiles, which are estimated to reach distances of up to 1750 km.

Analysts warn that these missiles could potentially carry nuclear, chemical, or electromagnetic pulse (EMP) payloads, posing grave threats to regional security.

Rapid Missile Expansion

Recent satellite imagery and expert analyses have highlighted Iran's rapid expansion in missile production infrastructure near Tehran, with estimates suggesting a stockpile of up to 3,000 missiles of various types.

This development underscores Iran's status as the largest missile producer in the Middle East, with facilities designed to mitigate risks such as accidental explosions through protective measures like earthen berms.

The concern extends beyond Iran's borders, as evidence suggests that Iranian-supplied missiles, including Fateh-110 and Zolfaghar, have already been deployed by Russia in conflicts such as the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.