The Target in Beirut: Machinery for High-Grade Rocket Propellant

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) The target of a drone strike in Beirut was a very special, eight-ton piece of machinery used for the production of solid fuel propellant for precision-guided missiles. The machine was manufactured in Iran and is used for its ballistic missile industry. Iran may also have succeeded in delivering similar equipment to the Houthis in Yemen, given the dramatic improvement in their capabilities to launch missiles at Saudi Arabia. Solid propellants improve missile range and payload capability. Iran has an interest to provide longer-range and sophisticated missiles to its allies in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Lebanon. Even within its own arsenal, Iran is making the switch from liquid fuel to solid-fueled weapons.

2019-08-30 00:00:00

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