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DECEMBER 2020

Official Footage Of IRGC’s Underground Ballistic Missile Bases Released

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Official Footage Of IRGC's Underground Ballistic Missile Bases Released

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Forces of Iran showed footage from one of its underground missile bases, this was published by the semi-official Military Achievements Media in two videos providing a peak.

The system reloads and feeds Emad medium-range ballistic missiles from underground storage facilities to special rooms for launching missiles from underground.

Likely, it is assumed that while missiles are being launched from underground launch halls, at this time in other underground halls, launchers are being recharged with new missiles from underground storage facilities, which are then fed using a rail system to launch halls for new launches.

The vertically-stowed missile “magazine” appears to bring groups of missiles into position for rapid, consecutive launching from the underground bunker, essentially.

The location of the facility seen in the latest imagery is unconfirmed, but Iran is known to have built underground caves to protect ballistic missiles operated by its Revolutionary Guards Corps in the past.

The Drive provided a short summary on what the system presumably is:

“The thinking behind the system seems to be to allow launches of ballistic missiles in quick succession. Since the missiles on their individual platforms are ready to fire, there is no need to reload individual launchers using a crane or trans-loader. The magazine method would potentially allow many more missiles to be fired from a single bunker while increasing the chances of the outbound missile strike overwhelming anti-ballistic missile defenses.”

As mentioned above, analysts identified the missiles as Emad liquid-fuel, medium-range ballistic missiles (MRBM), a derivative of the Shahab-3.

Official Footage Of IRGC's Underground Ballistic Missile Bases Released

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Official Footage Of IRGC's Underground Ballistic Missile Bases Released

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Official Footage Of IRGC's Underground Ballistic Missile Bases Released

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Official Footage Of IRGC's Underground Ballistic Missile Bases Released

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The Emad is reported to have a range of around 1,000 miles and is considered to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead if such a capability existed.

The Emad missile was apparently developed around a new re-entry vehicle (RV) fitted with fins to give it increased maneuverability, accuracy, and additional stability.

The missiles on the magazine assembly also appear to be separated by dividers, which could include all the umbilicals and pre-launch test equipment required for them to be fired in an autonomous, or near-autonomous manner.

This is not the first time the underground system is shown, as they could also be seen during a drill back in July 2020.

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