On August 19, Lebanese Hezbollah for the first time showcased its Khaibar-1 rocket and revealed some details about its specifications during a special event at the Museum for Resistance Tourism in the southern Lebanese town of Mleeta, where four rockets were put on display.
According to experts, the Khaibar-1 is in fact a Syrian-made unguided artillery rocket named M302. Hezbollah claim that the rocket has a range of 75km and carries a 190kg warhead. However, experts believe that the real range of the rocket is 100km.
The M302 rocket was used by Hezbollah for the first time during the 2006 war with Israel. Back then, the Lebanese armed group launched several rockets of this type at the northern Israeli cities of Haifa, Afula and Hadera, which are located 75km away from southern Lebanon.
Local observers viewed the reveal of the Khaibar-1 rocket as clear message to Israel indicating that the cooperation between Hezbollah and the Damascus government is still strong. Since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011 senior Israeli officials, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, vowed to stop Syria from suppling Hezbollah with such advance weapons.