Rocket that Could Strike at the Heart of Israel

(London Times) James Bone - The al-Samoud 2 missile appears to have been designed so that it could be fitted with a second engine, making it a much more potent threat than previously realized, missile experts believe. Iraq has been ordered to destroy the missiles by Saturday. Experts say the specifications of the al-Samoud 2 and its use of a Russian-designed Volga SA2 engine suggest that Iraq might be trying to develop a missile with a much longer range that could threaten the entire region. One source close to Dr. Blix said the inspectors suspect that Iraq is copying India's Prithvi missile, which has a similar twin-engined design based on SA2 technology.

2003-02-26 00:00:00

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