IRAN: CHARACTERS AND CAPABILITIES OF THE SILKWORM

Created: 4/16/1987

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CriaractartolicaCaasabHItles of the IMlwuiiw

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Two otherelated aHee have alreedy been completed, but one probably was used for test purposes only and theneer .to have been abandoned. Theowever.ob Be system; the missile can be launched from virtually any flat. roadjSefvec^oaslal location as long as targeting requirements are

System Capabilities

Theopy of the Soviettyx missile; It has been lengthened to add fuel for Increased range. China produces three versions of the missile, theY-2a, and HY-2g. Thean cruiseeet, enabling It to avoid early detection by the terget ship. Theinfrared-igher attttude but ba leas susceptible ioe*ecWor>icecHjntermeasures lhan the radar-guided models <

In comparison with other antiship missiles currently used In the Quit war. thearhead three times larger than Exocet'a and seven times larger than See Killer's, rruskingthecapable of severely damaplng oranker. Theelivers thla warhead to Its maximum range ofiles [OS kilometers) In Ave minutes and toore llkery ts In the strait. In about threealt ml null

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