The American newspaper The Washington Post stated that Iran is going to transfer surface-to-surface ballistic missiles to russia to continue the war against Ukraine.
Such a transfer of this kind of weapons by Iran will help russia compensate for the loss of missiles and equipment after the start of a full-scale war against Ukraine.
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Iran is reported to have sent officials to russia on September 18 to finalize negotiations on additional arms shipments, including two types of missiles, mil.in.ua says. However, Iran denies supplying weapons to russia.
Both the Fateh-110 and the Zolfaghar mobile missile complexes belong to operational-tactical ones. The missiles can fly at a maximum distance of 300 and 700 kilometers, respectively.
The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine believes that out of 900 Iskander operational-tactical missiles russia now has 124. Taking this into account, it seems logical that russia will try to replenish reserves at the expense of Iran, which openly becomes an ally in the war against Ukraine.
Iranian missiles specifications
The Fateh-110 is a surface-to-surface missile produced by the Iran Aerospace Industry Organization. The first generation Fateh-110 underwent flight tests in September 2002, after that mass production began.
The initial flight range of the missile was 200 km, and in September 2004, the 2nd gen Fateh-110 increased the range to 250 km. The 3rd gen was introduced in 2010, and it increased the flight range to 300 km, and the 4th gen (2012) missiles were better in accuracy.
The Zolfaghar is Iran’s tactical ballistic missile from the Fateh-110 family. Unlike other Fateh-110 missiles, which are often described as quasi-ballistic missiles, the Zolfaghar follows a ballistic trajectory.
The declared range of the missile is 700 km. Such a range was probably achieved as a result of replacing the Fateh-110's metal body with a composite one, which significantly reduced the weight. The Zolfaghar is believed to use satellite navigation, which made it possible to increase the accuracy of the missiles.