Islamic Jihad claims new 2-stage missile is 'strategic asset' vs Israeli targets
GAZA CITY — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has reported the
development of an extended-range missile.
Jihad's military wing, Al Quds Brigades, said it has developed a
two-stage missile with a range of up to 22 kilometers. The missile was
identified as the Quds-4 and has been fired toward Israeli cities.
"We see this missile as a strategic asset," a Jihad operative involved
in the project said.
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The Quds-4 was said to have a range of between 18 and 22 kilometers.
Jihad said the missile was tested in April 2007 and fired into the
northern section of the Israeli city of Ashkelon.
The new missile was said to measure 3.2 meters, with a diameter
of 25 centimeters. Jihad said Quds-4, with a weight of 40 kilograms,
contains an explosive warhead of between seven and nine kilograms. The
warhead was said to be consist of TNT.
Jihad military spokesman Abu Ahmad said Quds-4 contains two stages. He
said the first stage of the missile separates after 30 seconds of flight --
or nine kilometers -- leaving the remaining weapons component to continue
"A two-stage rocket would frustrate any Israeli rocket defense system,"
the Jihad operative said.
Jihad has been the most active Palestinian group in the war against
Israel. Jihad gunners in the Gaza Strip have been responsible for nearly
daily missile strikes
in the Jewish state.
Abu Ahmad said the development of Quds-4 was facilitated by unidentified
foreign assistance. He said Jihad sent operatives abroad for training in
rocket and missile development.
Jihad was also said to have developed indigenous capabilities. Sources
said the insurgency group plans to use C4 explosives to increase the power
of missile and rocket warheads.