Report: Iran, North Korea Helping Syria Resume Building Missiles

Global Security Newswire Staff
Jan. 28, 2014, 8:27 a.m.

Syr­ia has man­aged to en­hance its mis­sile-pro­duc­tion ef­forts thanks to help from North Korea and Ir­an, ac­cord­ing to a spe­cial­ized de­fense magazine.

In its ana­lys­is, Jane’s De­fense Weekly con­cluded Bashar As­sad’s re­gime has been able to re­sume man­u­fac­tur­ing mis­siles at a pace that ex­is­ted be­fore the 2011 start of the Syr­i­an civil war, the Times of Is­rael re­por­ted on Tues­day. A ma­jor reas­on for the ramped up mis­sile pro­duc­tion is a de­sire to feed mil­it­ant group Hezbol­lah’s ap­pet­ite for weapons, the re­port says.

The new mis­siles be­ing man­u­fac­tured by the As­sad re­gime’s Sci­entif­ic Stud­ies and Re­search Cen­ter are judged to have great­er killing power, but pos­sibly less range and lower ac­cur­acy.

The Syr­i­an mil­it­ary is col­lab­or­at­ing with North Korea to en­hance its Scud D bal­list­ic mis­siles, which have a re­por­ted range of ap­prox­im­ately 435 miles. North Korean of­fi­cials re­portedly are de­vel­op­ing Scud D mis­sile parts in­ten­ded to make it harder for ad­versar­ies’ mis­sile de­fense sys­tems to mon­it­or the weapon’s flight path in the ter­min­al stage.

A dif­fer­ent pro­ject is un­der way with sup­port from Ir­an that fo­cuses on gen­er­at­ing en­hanced ver­sions of the Khay­bar 1 mis­sile, destined for use by Hezbol­lah. The weapons have a re­por­ted range of ap­prox­im­ately 62 miles.

The Syr­i­an Sci­entif­ic Stud­ies and Re­search Cen­ter pro­cured weapon parts from in­ter­na­tion­al firms by us­ing front com­pan­ies or middle­men. Both Tehran and Py­ongy­ang are as­sist­ing Dam­as­cus in over­com­ing in­ter­na­tion­al sanc­tions hurdles to im­port­ing weapon com­pon­ents, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

A Be­larus­i­an com­pany called Belvnesh­prom­ser­vice re­portedly as­sisted Syr­ia in cre­at­ing a man­u­fac­tur­ing unit to as­sist in build­ing more pre­cise Scud D mis­siles.

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