The CNS Iran Missile and SLV Launch Database

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The CNS Iran Missile and SLV Launch Database

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The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies Iran Missile and SLV Launch Database records flight tests and operational uses of all missiles and SLVs launched by Iran that are capable of delivering a payload of at least 500 kilograms (1102.31 pounds) a distance of at least 300 kilometers (186.4 miles). The database captures advancements in Iran’s rocket programs by documenting all such launches by Iran since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988. The database will be routinely updated as events warrant.

The below map allows users to view Iran’s missile and SLV launches over a period of time, and to select by rocket type, family, and launch results. Users can also view additional infographics and read expert analysis of the database. The full CNS Iran dataset is available in Excel format (download), along with information concerning exactly how the launches are recorded and the information is categorized.

Media inquiries about the database or accompanying graphics can be directed to Jessica Varnum at [email protected] or Michael Duitsman at [email protected]. Media are free to use the graphics in their reporting provided that both CNS and NTI are credited. Assistance with media use of the graphics is available upon request. Graphics created by CNS’s Shea Cotton, Jeffrey Lewis, and Jessica Varnum with extensive design assistance from Scott Teal of Tableau Software.

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Space Launch Vehicle (SLV)
A rocket used to carry a payload, such as a satellite, from Earth into outer space. SLVs are of proliferation concern because their development requires a sophisticated understanding of the same technologies used in the development of long-range ballistic missiles. Some states (e.g., Iran), may have developed space launch vehicle programs in order to augment their ballistic missile capabilities.


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