Strategic Weapons: July 4, 2001


At the end of June, Israel secretly tested it's Jericho II ballistic missile. The Jericho has been in service since the early 1990s and undergoes constant upgrade. Currently, the missile has a range of 1,500 kilometers (with a half ton warhead.) Thus the Jericho II can nuke any Arab city in the Middle East. Israel also has a satellite launcher, the Shavit, that could easily be adapted for longer range (over 5,000 kilometer) delivery of nuclear weapons. Israel has a shorter range (500 kilometers) Jericho I missile. No estimates exist for how many of these missiles Israel has. A likely guess is a dozen each of Jericho Is and Jericho IIs. 


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