Kuhestak Missile Battery
|Subordinate To:||Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps|
|Size:||Missile battery, presumably including underground bunkers|
In 1987, U.S. intelligence identified a missile battery for Chinese Silkworm (HY-2) anti-ship missiles roughly 36km south of the city of Kuhestak.  Iran deployed the missiles in reaction to Iraqi attacks on Iranian oil tankers in the 'tanker war' episode of the Iran-Iraq war.  According to historian Christopher Joyner, in 1988 Iran constructed an underground bunker at the site, designed to confound U.S. reconnaissance. 
 "New Silkworm Missile Base Reported in Persian Gulf," Journal of Commerce, 2 June 1988, p.1B, www.journalofcommerce.com.
 Christopher C. Joyner, The Persian Gulf War: Lessons for Strategy, Law and Diplomacy (Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Press, 1990), p. 104.
 "Iran Said to Fortify Key Strait," The New York Times, 1 July 1988.
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