Iran will test fire one of its Shahab 3 missles during the ongoing Velayat 90 naval war games. The firing will be on December 31st.

The design for the Shahab 3 missile came from Russia, China, and North Korea. The specifics of this missile are not known. The design can vary.

Generally, the Shahab 3 missile is a multi-stage ballistic missile that can reach a height of 250 miles and that has a range of 1,200 miles.

There are different launch platforms for this rocket. It can be launched from a hardened missile silo. Or, it can be launched from a mobile truck platform.

It has a 620 pound cluster warhead that can separate into five different bombs. Each bomb can target different destinations.

A missile of this type can deliver a nuclear warhead. It is not known if Iran has nuclear warheads. Since Russia, China, and North Korea – all three of which have nuclear explosive devices – designed this rocket it is possible that Iran could have a Shahab 3 missile with one or more nuclear warheads.

Shahab 3 Design Variations

Shahab 3 Exploded Diagram

Shahab 3 Truck Launching Platform

Images above taken from Global Security dot org web site.



Article from Irish Times:

Iran to fire long-range missiles

Iran will fire long-range missiles during a naval drill in the Gulf tomorrow, a semi-official news agency reported, a show of force at a time when Iran has threatened to close shipping lanes if the West imposes sanctions on its oil exports.

Iran has long-range missile systems including the Shahab-3, which could reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East.

In the past week it has threatened to stop ships moving through the strategic Straight of Hormuz if sanctions are imposed on its oil exports over its disputed nuclear programme, increasing tension in a long-running standoff with the West.

“The Iranian navy will test several kinds of its missiles, including its long-range missiles, in the Persian Gulf on Saturday,” Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, deputy commander of the Iranian navy, told Fars news agency.

The United States and Israel have said they do not rule out military action against Iran if diplomacy fails to resolve a dispute over the country’s nuclear programme, which Tehran says is peaceful but the West says is a cover to build bomb.

Iran says it would retaliate if attacked. It started a 10-day navy drill tomorrow.

“The fire of missiles is the final part of the navy drill,” said Mr Mousavi. “The final phase of the drill is to prepare the navy for confronting the enemy in war situations.” Read report on Irish Times.