According to a number of media, Teheran has opened weapons plants for Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon.
Iran has opened weapons plants in Lebanon in order to produce arms for Hezbollah, the Kuwaiti Al Jarida newspaper reported, citing a commander of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. According to the newspaper, the decision was taken after alleged attacks of the Israeli Air Force on deliveries of Iranian weapons in Sudan, which intended for Hamas and Hezbollah fighters.
As the commander told Al Jarida, a special department was set up in one of the Iranian universities to train talented Lebanese ‘experts’ in the field of manufacture of missiles and other weapons. This was done in order to allow them to produce weapons in the homeland, without fearing that Israeli airstrikes can destroy arms before it is delivered to Hezbollah.
At the same time, the Arabic-language Sky News TV-channel also reported that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has created weapons factories for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
According to the TV-channel, the factories have been placed at a depth of 50 meters under the ground to make them invulnerable for bombardments. The new plants were created against the possibility of destruction of existing Hezbollah factories in Beirut.
As media reported, ground-to-ground missiles with a range of up to 500 kilometers, anti-ship missiles and torpedoes for small speedboats, as well as other weapons are produced at these enterprises. Reportedly, missiles are not produced from start to finish at a single factory. Instead of this, different factories produce various parts of the missiles, and then they are put together.
According to Sky News, the creation of military industry for Hezbollah was entrusted to the Imam Hossein Comprehensive University, connected with the IRGC. University’s specialists trained Lebaneses. As the TV-channel stressed, the weapons factories should first of all supply Hezbollah fighters, operating in Syria, but not build up Hezbollah’s military potential against Israel, as a new war against the Israeli Army is not among the priorities of Tehran.
Due to the fact that opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria do not have air force to destroy the Hezbollah factories in Lebanon, most likely, the plants are hidden under the ground precisely to be protected against possible Israeli airstrikes.