Members of Lebanon's militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah stand on a pick-up truck mounted with a multiple rocket launcher as they take part in a parade in the southern city of Nabatiyeh on November 7, 2014, to mark the 13th day of Ashura, where believers mourn the killing of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson, Imam Hussein, during the battle of Karbala in central Iraq in the seventh century. AFP photo/Mahmoud Zayyat

Who is Hezbollah:

Hezbollah is a Shiite Muslim political party and militant group that the United States and European Union consider a terrorist organization. Hezbollah’s objective is to destroy Israel and to create a fundamentalist Islamic state in Lebanon. Hezbollah has also played a key role in the Syrian conflict by supporting the Assad regime. Hezbollah receives significant support from Iran, and has a growing arsenal that may be unmatched by any non-state actor.

How Hezbollah affects the Region:

Multiple reports have estimated that Hezbollah had more than 100,00 rockets and missiles in 2006, and intelligence suggest that the group has more than 150,000 rockets as of July 2016. The group’s missile arsenal allows it to target any of Israel’s civilian centers, and several have the ability to reach Tel Aviv and deep into the West Bank. This gives Hezbollah the ability to further destabilize an already volatile region.

                                            Hezbollah’s Arsenal

             Rocket Range Country of Origin
Katyusa series 12-40 KM The Soviet Union
Shahin-1 13 KM Iran
Shahin-2 20 KM Iran
Noor 122 MLRS 18 KM Iran
Fajar-3 45 KM Iran
Fajar-5 75 KM Iran
107 MM Haseb MLRS 8.5 KM China by way of Iran
Nazeat 6-H 100 KM Iran
Nazeat 10-H 140 KM Iran
Missile Range Country of Origin
*M220 TOW 3.8 KM U.S. by way of Iran
AT-14 Kornet 5.5 KM Russia
Fajre-Darya (anti-Ship) 25 KM Iran
Fajre-Darya (anti-Ship) 40 KM Iran
Raad (Anti-ship Cruise Missile) 95 KM Iran’s version of the Soviet 9k11
Noor (Anti-ship cruise Missile) 120 KM Iran’s version of YJ8 (China)
Zelzal-1 125 KM Iran
Zelzal-2 210 KM Iran
Zelzal-3 200 KM Iran
Zelzal-3B 260 KM Iran
*SS-N-26 Yakhont 300 KM Russia
*Scud (Variant uncertain) 180-700 KM Syria by way of North Korea

* Indicates  there have been reports of Hezbollah  possessing the weapon listed, but the reports are unproven at this time.

Recent News:

Sources:

  1. Megahan, Patrick January 4, 2014, “Russian Yakhont Missiles in Hexbollah’s Hands” Accessed 7/20/2016 http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/russian-yakhont-missiles-in-hezbollahs-hands/
  2. BBC.Com “Hezbollah’s rocket force” Accessed 7-25-2016 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5187974.stm
  3. Stuster, Dana January 3, 2014, “Why Hezbollah’s New Missiles Are a Problem for Israel” Acessed 7/20/2016 http://foreignpolicy.com/2014/01/03/why-hezbollahs-new-missiles-are-a-problem-for-israel/
  4. Masters, Johnathan &  Laub, Zachary January 3, 2014″Hezbollah”                                                                       Acessed 7-19-2016 http://www.cfr.org/lebanon/hezbollah-k-hizbollah-hizbullah/p9155
  5. AIPAC.org “Hezbollah Rocket Arsenal” Acessed 7-19-2016 http://www.aipac.org/learn/resources/maps/hezbollah-rocket-arsenal
  6. Globalsecurity.org “Iranian Artillery Rocket”                                                                                                           Accessed 7-25 -2016 http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iran/mrl-iran.htm
  7. Militaryedge.org “P-800 Yakhont SS-N-26 Strobile” Accessed 7-25-2016  http://militaryedge.org/armaments/p-800ss-n-26-yakhont/
  8. kommersant.com August 23, 2006 “Hezbollah’stic Examination” Accessed 7-26-2016  http://www.kommersant.com/p698954/r_1/Hezbollah%E2%80%99stic_Examination/

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