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Imam Ali Missile Base

  • Location
    Khorramabad, Lorestan
  • Type
    Missile-Missile Bases
  • Facility Status
    Operational

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The Imam Ali Missile Base is one of two Iranian silo missile bases. 1 Former Iranian President Khatami reportedly “ordered the production of 15 Shahab-3 missiles, to be deployed in underground bunkers near Khorramabad.” 2 The underground silos present at the base appear to be large enough to host Shahab-3 missiles. 3 Iran also deploys mobile transporter erector-launchers, to be launched from pre-surveyed launch points, at the base. 4 The heavily guarded complex appears to consist of two main facilities, one of them a storage facility and the second an operational missile launch facility. 5

Glossary

Silo
Hardened underground facility for housing and launching a ballistic missile.
Deployment
The positioning of military forces – conventional and/or nuclear – in conjunction with military planning.

Sources

  1. Iran’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities: A Net Assessment, The International Institute for Strategic Studies, (London, 2010), p.118.
  2. C. Bown, E. Jorgensen, G. Kampani and F. Wehling, “Nuclear- and Missile-Related Trade and Developments for Selected Countries, March-June 1999,” The Nonproliferation Review, Fall 1999, p. 194.
  3. Iran’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities: A Net Assessment, The International Institute for Strategic Studies, (London, 2010), p.119.
  4. Sean O’ Connor, “Khorramabad Missile Silos,” IMINT & Analysis, 25 February 2009, http://geiming.blogspot.com.
  5. Sean O’ Connor, “Khorramabad Missile Silos,” IMINT & Analysis, 25 February 2009, http://geiming.blogspot.com.

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