By Barry R. Schneider
The center East is a global flashpoint, a spot the place open battle may well erupt at any time. it's the domestic of diverse nations owning a few mix of guns of mass destruction (WMD) (nuclear, organic, or chemical weapons), and is a space the place states are constructing an expanding strength to bring such WMD through missiles and/or plane. the center East can also be the house folks acquaintances who oppose one another in addition to rogue states who're opposed to the us. briefly, the center East is a WMD warfare ready to ensue. this sort of clash might damage US allies and US pursuits; it should be shunned. Or, if WMD conflict happens, this sort of clash should be constrained and the us and allied forces have to be ready to deal with the results.
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Program remains dependent on foreign chemicals and equipment. • Not a signatory of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Biological • Weapons research program, but no evidence of production capability. • Signed the BTWC on 4/14/72, but has not ratified the convention. Ballistic Missiles • 60-120 Scud-C with 500km range and 500kg payload. • Up to 200 Scud-B missiles with 300km range and 985kg payload. • 200 SS-21 Scarab with 70km range and 480kg payload. • Developing indigenous production capability for accurate M-9 [CSS-6 or DF-15] missiles with 600km range and 500kg payload.
Cruise Missiles • • • • • • • • Other Delivery Systems • Fighter and ground-attack aircraft include: 115 F-16C, 25 AS-5 Kelt with 400km range and 1,000kg payload. Harpoon with 120km range and 220kg payload. AS- 1 Kennel with 100km range and 1,000kg payload. HY-2 Silkworm with 95km range and 513kg payload. Otomat Mk1 with 80km range and 210kg payload. FL- I with 50km range and 513kg payload. Exocet (AM-39) with 50km range and 165kg payload. SS-N-2a Styx with 43km range and 513kg payload. F-16A, 29 F-4E, 18 Mirage 2000C, 53 Mirage 5D/E, 20 Mirage 5E2, 42 Alpha Jet, 53 PRC J-7, 44 PRC J-6, and 74 MiG-21.
Not a signatory of the BTWC. Ballistic Missiles • Approximately 50 Jericho-2 missiles with 1,500km range • • • • • Cruise Missiles and 1,000kg payload, nuclear warheads may be stored in close proximity. Approximately 50 Jericho-1 missiles with 500km range and 500kg payload. MGM-52 Lance missiles with 130km range and 450kg payload. Shavit space launch vehicle (SLV) with 4,500km range and 150kg to 250kg payload. Unconfirmed reports of Jericho-3 program under development using Shavit technologies, with a range up to 4,800km and 1,000kg payload.