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|Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:31 pm Post subject: Report: Syria test fires series of long-range missiles
|Report: Syria test fires series of long-range missiles
~By Yuval Azoulay, Haaretz Correspondent and Haaretz Service Last update -
Syria has recently test launched a series of surface to surface missiles and
rockets, Channel 2 news reported Monday.
The test launch was detected by Israel's radar systems, including the Oren
Yarok (green pine) and Oren Adir (magnificent pine) radars which activate
Israel's Arrow anti-ballistic missiles, Channel 2 reported.
Syria has some 1,000 models of Scud missiles with a range of 300 to 700
kilometers. The Syrian missiles are capable of striking targets anywhere in
Israel. The Syrian military can fit the missiles with chemical warheads, and
may have conducted experiments with biological warheads as well.
In addition to the Scud missile arsenal, Syria also possesses SS21 missiles
with a range of 80 kilometers but with much higher precision than the Scuds.
The biggest threat facing Israel, however, is Syria's arsenal of thousands
of rockets with a range of nearly 100 kilometers, some of which can reach as
far as the Haifa bay. The rockets are more accurate than the Scud missiles.
In response to Syria's drill, the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Air
Force anti-aircraft unit conducted an exercise simulating a possible Syria
Channel 2 reported that Israel's defense establishment was more concerned
with the threat posed by Syria's long-range rockets than the Scuds it
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