Strategic Weapons: Israel Extends Its Reach to Iran

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May 9, 2007: 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.

 


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