Iran said it successfully test-fired missiles capable of hitting Israel and US forces in the Middle East during its Great Prophet 7 exercise which ended yesterday.
The Shahab-3 is a single-stage intermediate ballistic missile based on North Korea’s Nodong-1. With an operational range of 1,930 kilometers (1,200 miles), the Shahab-3 is capable of hitting targets in Israel, which is 1,000 kilometers (300 miles) west of Iran, as well as the US’ Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, about 200 kilometers (120 miles) south of Iran, and US bases in the Gulf region, including the 13,500 troops the Pentagon plans to keep in Kuwait following the US withdrawal from Iraq.
According to western experts, Iran possesses dozens of Shahab-3 and Sejil-2 ballistic missiles capable of hitting Israel and US targets in the Middle East. The missiles are thought to be too inaccurate for conventional use but may be capable of carrying nuclear warheads.