The long rumored Israeli Jericho 3
ballistic missile is apparently in production. For over two years, there were
reports that this new missile was close to entering service. With a range of
nearly 5,000 kilometers, the Jericho 3 can drop a nuke anywhere in the Middle
East. The Jericho 3 is apparently a variant of the Shavit satellite launcher.
The Jericho is probably a 30 ton, solid fuel, three stage missile, with a half
ton payload. Israel is believed to have 50-100 of the shorter range Jericho 2.
This is a 26 ton missile with a max range of about 1,500 kilometers. The
Jericho 2 was the basis for the Shavit satellite launcher, which has put
several satellites in orbit since 1995.