The Iranian Khoramshahr ballistic missile test did take place – although the US said “It didn’t happen”

The new Khoramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000km and multiple warheads, which was paraded in Tehran on Sept 22, was indeed test fired, as reported by Iran’s Airspace chief, Gen. Amir Ajakozadeh. The launch shown filmed from a great distance on national television was genuine.

President Donald Trump tweeted: “Iran just test fired a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!”

However, three days later, on Sept. 26, an administration official offered the opinion that the footage shown on Iranian television “appears most likely to be a re-run of a previous test launch.” He added: “the video was more than seven months old and dated back to a failed launch in late January, which resulted in the missile exploding shortly after lift-off. ” As to the latest launch, the US official said: “As far as we can see, it did not happen. Iran’s report “so far does not appear to be true.”

However, DEBKAfile’s intelligence and military sources in the Middle East, who examined the conflicting versions, found indications that refuted the US official’s disclaimer. The Khoramshahr was indeed test-launched, except that it happened a bit earlier than Tehran claimed – although very recently, and not seven months ago.

Those sources could not categorically confirm that it was a success – only that “it certainly did not fail.”

That the new missile is exceptionally accurate appears to be correct, since there is evidence that Iran has been able to develop a new control and guidance system for its ballistic missiles.

The Iranian general’s account of “several warheads” could refer to no more than two or three.

Of deep concern to Israel is the video reported to be fitted in the Khoramshahr’s nose cone, because that would make it possible to steer the missile precisely to target from a ground station in Iran – even if Israel prevented the missile’s delivery to Hizballah in Lebanon.
Our intelligence sources account for the extra long-distance shots of the launch by Iran’s need to disguise the location of the launching site deep in the desert.

But there were was another reason too. DEBKAfile’s sources reveal that in the same area, Iran is secretly developing special vehicles for carrying ballistic missiles across rugged desert or mountain terrain. This would make the missiles mobile, like North Korean rockets. Tehran has gone to great lengths to keep this project well hidden from alien eyes.

 

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13 thoughts on “The Iranian Khoramshahr ballistic missile test did take place – although the US said “It didn’t happen”

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 14:20 at 14:20
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    I f report is correct should not bibi, & the i.d.f not be taking this stuff out, how do people feel about this

    • Sep 29, 2017 @ 0:06 at 0:06
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      If Bibi and IOF could they would have done it many years ago, they were hoping to get US involved but It did not work for them before. Now with Trump in charge they are again trying but I don’t think the American military are interested in getting involved in another war,

    • Sep 29, 2017 @ 15:07 at 15:07
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      Obviously they can not do that because they know the will be reprisal that’s why Bibi and IOF tried to get America involved but the US military do not want to get involved after the mess they have created in Iraq. Trump is making a lot of noise but he seems to be annoying everyone and he is mostly making noises just like Bibi!

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 14:44 at 14:44
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    Nice North Korea association pulled straight from ur ass.

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 17:40 at 17:40
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    Almost a certainty that N. Korea has sold/supplied them with nuclear warheads that could eventually be fitted on top of said missiles, if not sooner.

  • Sep 28, 2017 @ 23:48 at 23:48
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    McMaster is actually one of the worst enemies of the Jewish people and Israel we have seen for a while. Only that he is wise as to not be so brazenly and publicly anti-Jew

  • Sep 29, 2017 @ 3:33 at 3:33
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    Worried? Don’t forget about Purim & the Persians………

  • Sep 29, 2017 @ 7:04 at 7:04
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    Israel keeps its options close to its chest. What they have prepared in response will only be known after it happens. The Arabs seem however to enjoy saber rattling.

  • Sep 29, 2017 @ 19:46 at 19:46
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    The current Iranian and North Korean patch up is the on-going maturity towards the nuclear deterrence in the region.But, it would be nightmare for the Israelian security if it will further delay to display its nuclear posture. The Israel-led nuclear obscurity could make the Iranians to misperception. We as a Muslim want a stable Middle East. The Muslim world has not the power to attain what its core ideology. The better is to main the existing order. We support the Iranian and Isralian nuclear deterrence as a guarantee for the security of the Middle East for long term. Israel can use the United States as a mediator for this design.

  • Sep 30, 2017 @ 0:54 at 0:54
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    Who knows what’s real these days on this topic..

  • Sep 30, 2017 @ 19:15 at 19:15
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    As Iran and North Korea jointly gain more technological knowledge on nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them. The world seems to be beguiled by both the Iranians and Kim Jong Un to the point they are ignoring the threat posed by Iran and North Korea having nuclear weapons capable of devastating parts of the globe. What is it going to take to wake the free world up to the threat? Mushroom clouds over western cities?

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