November 23, 2015 By Kristin Horitski
The Fateh-313 is an Iranian-designed, short-range, surface-to-surface ballistic missile. It is a development of the Fateh-110 series, but features an improved guidance system with the ability to strike targets with pinpoint accuracy within 500 km.  However, the accuracy of the Fateh-313 may come at the expense of payload size, as some experts believe the smaller nose section indicates it would carry a payload of less than 500 kg. 
The Fateh-313 has the capability and range to hit targets in neighboring Arab Gulf states. The Fateh-313 is solid fueled which makes it easy to transport and increases the possibility of Iran transferring it to Iranian-backed groups such as Hezbollah or Bashar al-Assad in Syria. In 2012, Iran transferred Fateh-110 series missiles to Syria and they were subsequently used against Syrian rebels.  The Fateh-313 also features a quicker launch capability and longer lifespan than earlier models.  Iran mass produces and stockpiles the Fateh-313, increasing the size and scope of its ballistic missile arsenal, which is already the largest in the Middle East. 
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