New North Korean weapons in Iranian possession allow nuke delivery to Europe in 30 minutes or less, just like Dominos!
On top of the Shihabs, on top of the Ukrainian cruise missiles, the Iranians continue to mock Europe’s appeasers with ever more ranged weapons. You’d think this might spur some fence sitters into action, you don’t have a ballistic missile shield yet do you!? In that case when you see the flash, duck & cover, preferably under a table or behind a door and you WILL be A-OK.
Via Reuters, through haaretz
Iran has missiles that put Europe in range: report
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Iran has received a first shipment of missiles from North Korea that are capable of reaching Europe, Israel’s military intelligence chief was quoted on Thursday as saying.
Known in the West as BM-25s, the Russian-designed missiles have a range of around 1,500 miles, giving them a longer reach than the Iranian-made Shihab-4 missiles which are capable of hitting Israel.
The intelligence chief, Major-General Amos Yadlin, was quoted by Israel’s Haaretz newspaper as saying in a lecture on Wednesday that some BM-25s had arrived in Iran.
The BM-25 was originally manufactured in the Soviet Union, where it was known as the SSN6, a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, Haaretz reported.
After the Russians decommissioned the SSN6, the missiles were sold to North Korea, which adapted them to carry a heavier payload, the newspaper’s military affairs correspondent said.
In February, a German diplomat, citing his country’s intelligence data, confirmed a German newspaper report that said Iran had purchased 18 disassembled BM-25s from North Korea.
Here’s an older report of the original SALE of the missiles, what we are looking at above is the DELIVERY by North K to Iran.
Defense News VIA AFP Germany
Iran has bought 18 BM-25 missiles from North Korea which the Islamic Republic wants to transform to extend their range, the German press reported Dec. 16.
"Iran has bought 18 disassembled BM-25 missiles from North Korea with a range of 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles)," Bild newspaper said, citing a report from the German secret services. It added that Iran’s ultra conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to have the range of the missiles "extended to 3,500 kilometers".
The newspaper said that until now Iran only had Shehab-3 missiles with a range of 1,300 kilometers.
It further cited the secret service report as warning that "with a longer range, and the probability that (Tehran) would try to equip the missiles with nuclear warheads, there is the risk that Iran could strike at Israel and parts of central Europe."
It added that according to the German intelligence services, Iranian experts were already working on fitting the missiles with nuclear warheads. The report comes amid outrage at remarks by Ahmadinejad calling the Holocaust a "myth", and a warning from Tehran on Friday that it would respond in a "swift and destructive" way if attacked by Israel.
Let’s have a look see at the SSN6 shall we? (or the BM-25 as it is being called now modified)
Originally a submarine launched ballistic missile, proliferation has allowed the old soviet weapon to live on, now able to be modified for sea based launches from surface ships and have multiple stages including multiple warhead capability.
Last october the UK Telegraph featured the missile as well as Russia in helping Iran target ranges which bring Europe in line. Just in case I hit my head this morning and thought that Russia may be a Western ally. North Korea of course bought submarines, and Iran has some too, so on top of the surface launches, these weapons can theoretically be in the future handilly be parked off the coast and threaten just about everyone, including me here in Canada but I digress. The Iranians really want to pump up the range, up to 3500 KM.
Missilethreats.com has a breakdown of the SSN-6
Russian Designation: R-27
The SS-N-6 was an intermediate-range, submarine-launched, liquid propellant ballistic missile. It represented a considerable leap forward in the Soviet Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM), incorporating a second-stage engine, vastly superior range and accuracy, and Multiple Re-entry Vehicles (MRV). It used storable liquid propellants with a pre-launch time of roughly 10 minutes and a missile that could be launched from a submarine with an interval of 8 seconds between launches. It used an inertial guidance system.
There were three major versions of the SS-N-6, with a fourth version designed for attacking ship surveillance radars was cancelled during the design phase. Like all SLBMs, the purpose of the SS-N-6 was to place hidden nuclear missiles within close range of their targets while maintaining secrecy. The SS-N-6 was designed to destroy strategic land targets, but with its relatively limited (but still greatly improved) accuracy it could only really engage cities and other soft targets. The longer range enabled the submarine to strike US targets from well outside the range of anti-submarine defenses, even as far as some Russian territorial waters. It provided an effective pre-emptive and reprisal nuclear force.
Nothing to see here, move along..
The Iranians are only interested in peaceful nuclear energy, all these missiles both developed, purchased etc are REALLY cover for the peaceful nuclear energy pursuits. Europe is NOT a target of Iranian Nuclear ambition, you are all safe, these extended ranges are just for fun, it’s FUN to threaten the World!
This guy’s not MAD after all, he’s ASSMAD!
[tags]Iran, Europe, Nuclear Weapons, North Korea[/tags]