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Iran Gets Solid Fuel Missile Power

The Shahab-3 undergoing a test deployment.

Washington (UPI) Jul 29, 2005
Ballistic missile tensions in the Middle East rose significantly this week when Iran's Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani announced Wednesday that his country had succeeded in developing solid fuel technology for ballistic missiles.

"We have fully achieved proficiency in solid-fuel technology in producing missiles," he said.

That means Israel's densely populated coastal strip around and north of the city of Tel Aviv -- containing 70 percent of the country's population and 80 percent of its capital infrastructure -- which could be wiped out by a single nuclear strike, is vastly more vulnerable.

Solid-fueled missiles can be launched with almost no warning, far more quickly and reliably than liquid fueled ones and they are far more accurate.

Iran's intermediate range ballistic missile, the Shahab-3 has a range of 800 miles to 1,000 miles, allowing it to reach Israel.

The Shahab-3 was successfully tested in 2002. it is operated by Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guards.

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