Published: August 06, 2006
Hezbollah Weapons Systems: G2 Analyst Special Report
By Yoram East
More than 200 hundred rockets were fired from south Lebanon into Israel on Friday and Saturday adding up to over 1,000 over the past two weeks. The latest news on Hezbollah launched rockets is the use of a Khaibar-1 rocket, which hit on Saturday an open field near the town of Afulla in the Valley of Izrael. Hezbollah propaganda named the rocket "Khaibar," a historic-religious name deriving from the Battle of Khaibar in the Arabian Peninsula in the early years of Islam. The battle, was against a Jewish fortification, has become a symbol of resilience and of the superiority of Islam over Judaism. The Khaibar-1 is apparently one of the Iranian Fadjr family of artillery missiles.
Iranian 240mm Rocket Launcher M 1985
It is important to analyze the basic characteristics of these weapon systems. The main factor related to the present conflict regards the rocket's maximum range and the type of warhead used. So far the Hezbollah have been using mainly short range rockets, fired either from a single launcher, often with an improvised timer enabling to aim the rocket towards a general direction and flight angle and then walk away from the launch site.
Various types of electronic timers, often with a simple modified alarm clock, do the rest. These rockets are an Iranian version, called Haseb, of the Russian 107mm Katyusha with a range of up to nine kilometers. Another way to launch the rockets is by using multiple launchers to create a salvo effect. Such launchers can be towed or mounted on jeeps, trucks etc. The war head (explosives) weighs eight kilograms.
Another artillery rocket type is the Arash 1 and 2, both based on Russian and Chinese models. This 122mm rocket has a range of 18 kilometers with a warhead weighing 18 kilograms. Here too the rocket can be launched from a single launch pad or in salvos from a multiple rocket launcher. Hezbollah uses this system mainly with a single launcher.
Iranian FADJR-5 missile
The second set of Iranian made rockets, believed to have been delivered to the Hezbollah in smaller numbers, is the Oghab, a 230mm rocket with a range of 45 kilometers and a warhead weighing 70 kilograms. Originally this rocket was designed to be carried and fired from special vehicles. However, they can also be fired from a single launching tube. In the same category is the Fadjr-3 230mm with a range of 45 kilometers and a warhead weighing 45 kilograms. It is believed that the simpler and lighter Fadjr-3 is the one used by the Hezbollah. It too can be mounted on a vehicle to be used as a multiple rocket launcher. The Oghab and the Fadjr-3 can cover northern Israel, including Haifa and Tiberias. To launch them the Hezbollah have to be as close as possible to the Israeli-Lebanese border.
Iranian MRLS. missile-rockets
The conflict will escalate if the Hezbollah have in their arsenal heavier rockets capable of covering a distance of 75 kilometers, carrying 190 kilograms of explosives; this rocket is the Fadjr-5 333mm. It is a larger rocket and therefore more difficult to move around. Originally it was designed for multiple rocket launchers. The last two heavy rockets are the Shahin-1 333mm with a range of 13 kilometers and a warhead of 190 kilograms and the Shahin-2 333mm with a 20-kilometer range and also a 190-kilogram warhead.
Experts on artillery rockets note that to launch the long range and heavier rockets the Hezbollah would need an elaborate technical and logistical capability. If these rockets are launched it will almost certainly mean Iranian experts and their equipment are active in Lebanon.
Iranian RAAD Artillery Missile
Iranian Shahab Missile
Iranian Shahab-3 Missile
Iranian Artillery Missiles
G2 Analyst Yoram East is an expert on global intelligence, insurgency groups, urban guerrilla warfare, political extremism and violence and religious fanaticism.
G2 Analyst offers briefings and analysis articles on a wide range of topics including military, intelligence, political, social and economic developments and events worldwide.
Lectures on these topics are available on CD:The origins of Islam
The many faces of political violence and terrorism
History of the Palestinian movement since the end WWI.
Price: $15.00 per CD
To request a cop of one or more CD, please email Yoram at firstname.lastname@example.org , listing your choice of topics.
Please leave a comment here If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page
Over 1000 participants, and 400 students who participated in a Shabbat dinner at USC, have all saluted to their homeland JNF to Israel: Count On Us
Jewish Rock-Blues man from Beit Shemesh, Israel and the rhythm section of the Chicago Blues Kings gave a one hour concert, with proceeds for Hadassah Hospital.
Quneitra, a ruined border crossing town between Syria and Israeli controlled territories of the Golan Heights is a pawn in a game between Assad and militants.
My enemy's enemy is kind of my friend. The Middle East has changed, but many people still do not understand that. They will be hurt by that failure.
Unlike most countries in the world, Israel is constantly in danger, dealing with both internal dangers and Arab-Islamic plans to eradicate her.
Israeli author Ruti Yudovich discusses what it is like to grow up as a little girl in Israel, and grow up to fall in love with an Arab man.