|What were the scuds? Who has them, what do they do?
I was young back then, but I remember that in GW1 everybody was really worried about a truck launched sort of cruise missile that the Iraqi’s had called a “scud”. Didn’t they launch a few at Israel? Didn’t we deploy the patriot missile to Israel to protect them against the scud, but didn’t a few get through anyway? How many got through? How accurate were they? How much damage did they do? What was their range? Do any countries still use them? Are they considered a threat to America? Were they used in GW2?
I ask because I am reading a book about terrorism and it says that a possible terrorist threat is someone smuggling in scud missile and launching them at our bases. The theory is that they disassemble them into small parts, smuggle them in, reassemble them and put the launcher inside of a international shipping container (the cargo box on those big 18 wheelers tractor trailers we all see out on the interstate) and then drive them out to a road a few miles away from a base, off load it, launch it, and then leave it and drive away.
If they were able to smuggle the parts in and reassemble (technically difficult) how much of a threat could they be? Do modern military bases in the US have protections (like Ft. Jackson, Ft. Gordon, Ft. Benning, Ft. Bragg, 29 palms, etc.) against rocket launches from a few miles away? Are the rockets big enough to really do much damage to a whole base? Are there really many of them left, or other similar systems? Who has them and how many?