Fateh-110

APRIL 11, 2014 BY BARBARA PIERRE

Development

Prompted by its experience in the war with Iraq in the 1980s, Iran actively pursued a ballistic missile arsenal that had greater precision and accuracy. [1] As part of this effort, Iran began developing the Fateh-110 in 1995. [2] The Fateh-110 is a solid fueled short range ballistic missile. The missile is also capable of carrying nuclear or biological warheads. As a road mobile system, the Fateh-110 series can be launched from any location. Iran developed four variations of the Fateh-110.

  • The Fateh-110/I has a maximum range of 200km (124 miles), and can carry a 650kg payload. It was declared operational in 2002. [3]
  • The Fateh-110/II has a range of 250km (155 miles), a payload of 450kg. Iran announced the development of this variant in 2004. [4]
  • The Fateh-110/III was announced in 2010 and designed to have more accuracy and a quicker launch time. It has a range of 300km, can carry a 650kgpayload. [5]
  • The Fateh-110/IV developed in 2012 and is designed to have precision targeting and has a guidance system. It also has a range of 300km, can carry a 650kg payload. [6]

Strategic Implications fateh110eo_21

Iran has yet to use the Fateh-110 in combat; however, Iran is engaged in transferring Fateh-110 missiles to Syria and Hezbollah. According to U.S. military officials, Syria fired at least two Fateh-110s against Syrian rebels in 2012. [7] U.S. military officials also noted that Syria has been using Fateh-110s as an alternative to aircraft, which are more easily shot down by Syrian rebels. [8] In addition, Hezbollah in Lebanon is believed to have a stockpile of the Iranian Fateh-110. Western officials say that if Hezbollah fired these missiles from southern Lebanon, they could easily reach Tel Aviv, Israel’s second most populous city. [9] Given its proliferation and capabilities, the Fateh-110 poses a broad regional threat, holding at risk population centers near the borders of Syria, Lebanon, and Iran.

[1] NTI: Nuclear Threat Initiative. “Iran | Country Profiles | NTI.” Last modified December, 2013.http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/iran/.

[2] Missile Threat. “Fateh A-110.” Last modified September 27, 2012. http://missilethreat.com/missiles/fateh-a-110/.

[3] Global military army magazine defence security industry technology news exhibition world land forces – Army Recognition. “Fateh-110 Fateh Fatah A-110 short range ground-to-air ballistic missile technical data sheet – Army Recognition – Army Recognition.” Accessed April 1, 2014.http://www.armyrecognition.com/iran_iranian_army_missile_systems_vehicles_uk/fateh_fatah_a-110_short_range_ground-to-air_ballistic_missile_technical_data_sheet_specifications_.html.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

[6] Press TV. “PressTV – Iran successfully test-fires 4th generation of Fateh 110 precision missile.” Accessed April 1, 2014. http://www.presstv.com/detail/2012/08/04/254358/iran-testfires-fateh-110-precision-missile/.

[7] Barbara, Starr. “U.S. officials: Syria using more accurate, Iranian-made missiles.” CNN (Washington, D.C.), December 28, 2012. Accessed April 1, 2012. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/28/world/meast/syria-missiles.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Maya, Shwayder. “What Was Israel Bombing? Iranian Fateh-110 Missiles That Can Hit Tel Aviv.” International Business Times, May 6, 2013. Accessed April 1, 2014. http://http://www.ibtimes.com/what-was-israel-bombing-iranian-fateh-110-missiles-can-hit-tel-aviv-1238823.

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