Al-Watah ballistic missile base

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Al-Watah ballistic missile base
Al-Watah ballistic missile base is located in Saudi Arabia
Al-Watah ballistic missile base
Al-Watah ballistic missile base
Type Missile base
Site information
Owner Royal Saudi Strategic Missile Force
Controlled by Saudi Arabia
Site history
Built 2007 (2007)

Al-Watah ballistic missile base is a ballistic missile facility near the town of Al-Watah, Saudi Arabia, 200 km west-southwest Riyadh in the low but quite rocky mountains. [1] The analysts think that the base was built within the last five years. The communication tower of the base is situated at coordinates: 24°12′56.28″N 44°42′8.12″E / 24.2156333°N 44.7022556°E / 24.2156333; 44.7022556. The base has a several underground entry gates, parking slots for mobile launchers and two large launch pads that are identical to ones that can be seen at Chinese DF-3 (CSS-2) Dongfeng missile bases. The liquid-fuelled DF-3A is an early Chinese nuclear weapon Intermediate-range ballistic missile and is believed to have a range of 2,500 - 2,800 km with a 2,000 kg warhead.[2]

The launch pods marks and configuration from satellite images[3] shows that the base 'targeting Iran and Israel with ballistic missiles'.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sean O'Connor - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. "Saudi ballistic missile site revealed", IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, 10 July 2013.
  2. ^ SinoDefence "DongFeng 3 (CSS-2) Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile", sinodefence, 27 February 2009.
  3. ^ Colin Freeman - The Telegraph "Saudi Arabia 'targeting Iran and Israel with ballistic missiles", The Telegraph, 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times "Saudi Arabia targeting Israel, Iran with ballistic missiles, satellite images show", The Washington Times, 12 July 2013.