Saudi ballistic missile site revealed.
(photo credit: IHS Jane's Intelligence Review/DigitalGlobe )
Saudi Arabia may be targeting Israel and Iran with long-range missiles, a
prominent monthly journal on military intelligence revealed on
Robert Munks, deputy editor of IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review,
said the report’s findings have “a low chance for error as we employ in-house
satellite analysts,” with one having “many years of experience viewing satellite
imagery for the US military.”
The journal’s analysts examined a number of
satellite images of a base built within the last five years approximately 200
kilometers southwest of Riyadh, and compared them to photos of similar sites in
China since “the missiles likely to be used are Chinese” and the complex had a
They found that one of the Saudi launch pads “appears to
be aligned on a bearing of approximately 301 degrees and suggesting a potential
Israeli target, and the other is oriented along an azimuth (bearing) of
approximately 10 degrees, ostensibly situated to target Iranian
According to the report, the launch pads were designed for
Saudi Arabia’s arsenal of DF-3 missiles, which Riyadh reportedly acquired from
Beijing in the 1980s. The missiles, which are launched from trucks, have a range
of 1,500-2,500 miles (2,400-4,000 km.) and can each carry a two-ton
Munks said the photo released to the public is one of many
magnified images that are only available to the company’s customers.
cautioned against sensationalizing the report, stating that the journal does not
have any images of missiles or launchers at the site.
“What you see is
what you get,” he said, adding that the operational status of the site is
uncertain, but that it is at least partially operational because there is a
recreational area as well, meaning that people are based at the
site.Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.