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U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

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U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

A screenshot from the video

The United States released a previously unseen drone video showing the Iranian missile strike on US forces at the Ayn Al Asad Airbase in Iraq which took place on the 8th of January 2020 as a retaliation for the US assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Sulaimani.

How Precise Are Iranian Missiles? Analysis Of Missile Strikes On U.S. Military Base In Iraq (2020):

This video is based on the analysis of Haider Geoanalyst originally appeared on TheSaker.is

Several sources in the past weeks have analyzed the Iranian missile strikes on US forces at the Ayn Al Asad Airbase which took place more than two weeks ago on the 8th of January 2020 as a retaliation for the US assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Sulaimani.

In this analysis, the post-strike satellite imagery is assessed to give us some insights on what happened at the Ayn Al Asad Airbase and to estimate the accuracy of the Iranian missiles.

It is clear, even prior to conducting any analysis, that the Iranian missiles targeted individual structures with a high rate of accuracy. This analysis attempts to estimate the accuracy in terms of how far the missiles landed from their targets. Since the Iranians did not make public the targets they wanted to hit or destroy, it is assumed that the individual missiles were targeting the actual structures they destroyed or the nearest structures to their impact locations.

A term often used in precision guided munitions (artillery shells, smart-bombs, missiles, etc.) is the circular error probability (CEP). This value is not derived from actual warfare statistics but from weapons testing or claims from the weapons manufacturer. Instead of using the CEP, we will attempt to derive our own statistics from the small sample size of missile strikes.

Introduction to Ayn Al Asad Airbase

The US occupation forces between 2003 and 2005 changed the name of the airbase from its original 1980s name of Qadisiyah Airbase to the name of Ayn Al Asad, which in Arabic literally either means “Eye of the Lion” or in this case “Lion spring” due to the hydrological spring which is now located within the perimeter of the airbase. This spring feeds the Wadi al Asadi stream valley located in the northern part of the air base and flows eastwards into the Euphrates River as one of its tributaries. The main part of the base originally had a perimeter length of 21 km, not including other secondary or auxiliary bases located in the surrounding areas. The perimeter was expanded by the Americans to 34 km (Figure 1), giving the base a total area size of approximately 63 km2 and making it the largest military base in Iraq by area size. For comparison, this is almost twice the size of the New York City metropolitan area.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

The base consists of two major runways (a third runway is unpaved), several taxiways, a variety of different facilities and buildings for personnel, equipment, communications, including sports and leisure centers with theaters and swimming pools. The base further has soft and hardened aircraft shelters (hangars). The trapezoidal shaped hardened aircraft hangers were built by Yugoslavian companies across many bases in Iraq in the 80s and are nicknamed “Yugos” by the Iraqis. The two hardened runways have a length of approximately 3,990 m. This is almost 1 km shorter than Iraq’s longest aircraft runway of 4,800 m located at Erbil airport, which is also one of the longest in the world. For further historical and general information on the Ayn Al Asad Airbase, see the following websites here ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Asad_Airbase ), here ( https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/iraq/al-asad.htm ) and here ( https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/al-asad-airbase-iraq/ ).

Reports indicate that around 15 to 16 missiles were fired from multiple locations inside Iran, with at least 10 missiles fired from bases in the Kermanshah area. If this is indeed the case and assuming a straight line flight path, the missiles could have traveled a distance of approximately 425 km from Kermanshah until reaching the Ayn Al Asad Airbase (Figure 2).

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Airbase missile strike overview

In recent days, analysts have identified a total of nine separate missile impact strikes within the Ayn Al Assad Airbase perimeter. This does not exclude the possibility of other missile impact sites within the base’s perimeter which have not been identified or published online. Seven strikes (number 1 to 7) are found at the facilities located just above the northern taxiway and runway, which according to the imagery, houses a variety of drones and aircraft, including V-22 Ospreys, MQ-1 Predator drones, UH-60 Black Hawks and even (K)C-130 Hercules aircraft for transport and refueling. Another missile impact (number 8) is located on the taxiway between the two paved runways and impact number 9 is found on a taxiway in the southeastern complex of hardened aircraft hangars.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 1 and 2

Strikes number 1 and 2 are approximately 110 m apart. Crater impact nr. 1 is 28 m away from the destroyed soft non reinforced target (possibly a tent structure). Nr. 1 has a small circular blast followed by a secondary semi-circle pattern. The secondary pattern towards the west also gives away the eastern incoming missile direction. Impact nr. 1 is peculiar since it is not a direct hit, but landed 28 m next to the nearest structure. The question is if the Iranians intentionally targeted this point or is it an accuracy issue (off by 28 m) ?

Strike nr. 2 has a similar sized crater and blast pattern as nr. 1 (approx. 27 to 28 m). So it is highly possible that both strikes were conducted using the same missile, with strike nr. 2 having a more obvious blast circle due to it landing exactly in the middle of a series of built soft structures (possible tents). From the measurements we can conclude that strike nr. 2 is more or less dead center on the 5 soft like tent structures and there is no substantial accuracy error.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 3

Site nr. 3 contains two soft structures (possible tents). The missile’s crater and circular blast pattern is located almost in the center of the left building. If this building was deliberately targeted, the error is no more than 3 m. For comparison, this is the average accuracy of a handheld GNSS (GPS) device or a current smartphone, which is very impressive for a warhead landing at more than 2000 km/h (terminal velocity).

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 4 and 5

Sites 4 and 5 are two building (soft structures) next to one-another each hit with what seems to be similar type of missiles with primary blast radius of 8 to 9 m and secondary circles of around 20 to 22 m. If the center of the buildings were targeted, accuracy errors are 6 and 14 m for site 4 and 5, respectively. Again, we do not know if the Iranians deliberately targeted a certain part of the structures.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 6

Strike 6 is located on the left side of a long metal roof soft structure, similar to a steel open warehouse. The left half of the building shows a primary blast circle of approximately 17 m in radius, with an overall damage radius of approximately 25 m. If we assume that the center of the building was the actual target, then we find an error of 51 m. Again, the question is whether the left side of this building was deliberately struck instead of the central part. It’s possible to assume that the Iranians intentionally targeted the western side of the building, having prior knowledge the blast radius of their missiles and the importance of the western side of the building.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 7

Strike number 7 is the most easterly impact site and is found near the end of the northern runway. The impact is located almost exactly in the middle of four soft aircraft shelters. The post-strike image (taken a few hours after the event) shows V-22 Ospreys and MQ-1 predator drones parked just south of the shelters. The first circular blast pattern has a 15 m radius. The incoming direction of the missile caused the complete destruction of the adjacent shelter just left of the impact point, while the shelter to the right was lightly damaged. If we assume the Iranians were targeting the middle point of the second shelter (taken from left to right) than the accuracy error would be about 18 m. However, it is highly likely that the four soft shelters were targeted as a single unit. If that is the case, then the missile was only 7 m off (accuracy error) from the middle point.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 8

If we assume that the Iranians are not randomly lobbing missiles inside the airbase with CEP errors of 100 to 500 m as some of the so called “think tank” experts presume (or have previously presumed in recent years), then we can assume that site nr. 8 was targeting the taxiway located between the two paved runways as previously shown in Figure 3. In the images below we can see an impact crater hitting the side of the taxiway. The impact is 23 m from the center of the taxiway pavement and we use this distance as a measure of accuracy. A clear circular blast pattern is visible and a directional blast cone indicates the incoming missile direction.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Site number 9

Strike nr. 9 is the second strike on a taxiway and is the most southern impact site situated in a hardened hangar complex. The impact crater is located almost exactly on one of the corner points of a paved T-junction. If the Iranians purposely targeted this exact point, then the accuracy error could possibly be no more than 2 meters. However, if the target was the actual center of the T-junction, then the error is approximately 11 m. Like in site nr. 8, we see a circular blast with a cone like fan shaped pattern giving the incoming missile direction.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Assessment and conclusions

There are different ways to assess the accuracy of these strikes based on the fact that we do not have the exact coordinates the Iranians wanted  to target. It is not very realistic to assume that the Iranians were perfectly able to target the exact coordinates they intended to hit with perfect accuracy. There is however uncertainty in whether the Iranians intentionally missed some of their targets. The abovementioned observations clearly show a pattern of very accurate strikes on individually targeted buildings/structures. There are two most likely scenarios:

  1. The Iranians intentionally targeted and destroyed some targets. Accuracy errors occurred causing some missiles to miss the exact center point of their targets, with other targets being completely missed.
  2. The Iranians intentionally destroyed some targets and intentionally missed some others.

The table shows the estimated range in accuracy for each of the 9 strike locations based on our observations and interpretation. The green numbers are the most likely errors in meters, while red numbers indicating the less likely errors based on our assumptions of what the Iranians intended to target. An average missile target accuracy of 11 m is based on what are the most likely intended targets (or in other words the most likely scenario). The statistical spread of this small sample size (of only 9 strikes) is 8.5 m. So the lower and upper limits of the accuracy, based on the standard deviation, is estimated to range between 2.5 and 19.5 m. The median value, which is somewhat comparable to the CEP, is 7 m. This means that half of the strikes landed within 7 m. Finally, the average blast (damage) circle is estimated at 21 m.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Let’s visualize these numbers and assume that these numbers can be used in circles. The figure shows a MQ-1 predator drone theoretically being targeted. The yellow line indicates the 11 m mean accuracy value. This is where missiles will land on average. The red line gives the 7 m median value where 50 % of the strikes are found inside this circle. The subsequent figure also includes examples of blast circle (average radius of 21 m) locations in respect to the target.

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

U.S. Releases Drone Video Of Iranian Missiles Strikes On Its Forces At Ayn Al Asad Airbase In Iraq

Assuming the estimation of the intended targets and measurements are realistic, an Iranian missile accuracy ranging on average between 2.5 and 19.5 m is very impressive to say the least and indicates the use of advanced terminal guidance technology (guiding a missile in its terminal phase). Reports have suggested that the Fateh-313 tactical short range ballistic missile (SRBM) was used in the Ayn Al Asad Airbase attack, with other reports suggesting that the Qiam 1 was also used in the attack, including on Erbil Airport. The Fateh-313 is an upgraded Fateh-110, with an increased missile range up to 500 km. Terminal guidance technologies are most likely to be combined, including inertial guidance systems (INS), GNSS systems and possibly electro-optical guidance.

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johnny rotten

Very well, this definitively certifies that if Isisrahell ever attacks Iran it will be permanently wiped from the maps, building by building, street by street, factory by factory, with little or nothing remaining higher than the ground.

Ahson

Iran will fuck anyone up within a 3000 mile radius (today)……No problem…….And if things continue to head where they seem to be heading, the nukes go on top of these highly accurate missiles. Iran’s ICBM is also ready as its long been disclosed. Iran can target the white house right now, putting a warhead right down the pipe where biden sits on the throne, over the shortcut/ northpole trajectory. There’s no way out of this except that the US/ Israel befriend Iran somehow. Or else, Iran keeps on rolling and ends all this drama and takes over all the neighborhood….simple as that. Biden’s got to make a choice soon…… Half the neighboring countries are already Iranian allies……half more to go.

Ahson

Qiam was used on Ain Al Assad. Fateh 110 destroyed the CIA building in Erbil……two direct hits!

Supreme Blyat

Iran shaming Russia and China which begs to have economic santions lifted… Also flying drones above US carriers and arresting ships of countries that enforce economic sanctions against them. They make Russia and China look gay.

JIMI JAMES

The only ones looking gay are the ones whom bark then nothing comes of it eg-iran,
China seems gay seens they never had the balls to assist russia whom are not so gay:

Supreme Blyat

China is a lot more gay than Russia. But Russia will never dare to do what Iran did. Ex – sending ships convoy to Venezuela, flying drones above US carriers, bombing US bases.

cechas vodobenikov

bacon fat misses jens–now w new boyfriend, better LSD

klove and light

correct on all execpt…the obviuos disadvantage for hezbollah when trying to fire off fateh-110 or any other “larger” missile……… THe TIME it takes for hezbollah to bring the TRANSPORTER into position to fire, and then the firing procedure……….

these missiles are about 9m long and weight about 3500kg………..

As long as the satanic IDF has 100% air superiority over lebanon and does not have to fear air defense, those huge transporters with them missiles are easy target for IDF planes…………

if you check the 2006 war were hezbollah kicked ass………………….18 out of 21 ZELZAL launchers were destroyed in the first 72 hours…by IDF……..

95% of hezbollah rockets were 122mm katuscha with 30kg warheads in the 2006 war

I quess that either hezbollah has lauch positions for their larger missiles ie. fateh 110 or zelzal-2 in the far east of lebanon or they have air defense capability, which they have not yet shown.

ps. the game changer in 2006 was the total destruction of the IDF tank squandrons by great trained hezbollah operatives with modern anti tank weaponry from either iran, russia.

Jesus

Houthis launch missiles from underground launchers, or their TELS are camouflaged well.
Hezzbolah is developing an integrated air defense system using Manpads so IAF will have to fly higher than 5000 meters.
The specs of Fateh series are close to the Russian Oniks, underground vertical launchers, or rotating vertical launchers is a solution instead of taking the TEL in the open to fire its missile.

Cromwell

I can’t understand why Lebanon have not built a state of the art air defence system years ago,the Russians could help them,thats what stopped the US air war over North Vietnam,an integrated layered air defence,they lost thousands of aircraft,if insane McCain was still alive he could tell you,he was one of them.

Jesus

Syrian air defenses can protect Lebanese skies, the problem is Israeli planes fly between two mountain ranges at low altitudes, gaining altitude only when they are ready to release their weapons. A man pad network could put an end to this tactic.

Arch Bungle

Do you think the IOF’s next war with Hezbollah will involve Hezbollah attacking from the Syrian front as well?

Blue In Green

They’d most likely be using buried underground launchers (in containers) that are static in nature.

Something akin to this:

https://twitter.com/AmirIGM/status/1310274304328830979

Hasbara Hunter

Yeah that must have been pretty impressive right? You didn’t expect the High Precision with which them Missiles hit their Targets right! Big BoOOMS!!! Your LBGTQI-Army of Gender Neutrals must have shat their panties while Cryin’ for their mommies….

Fog of War

The Zios had multiple drones waiting to film the ” event “, thats all I need to know. Secondly why release the footage now? War is coming.

– The US Brings Israel Into CENTCOM –

https://www.algemeiner.com/2021/02/23/the-us-brings-israel-into-centcom/

cechas vodobenikov

the tiny sliver crying wolf—a real war today w advanced missiles would cost Israel dearly…I doubt Hizbollah would be as timid as the Armenians were vs Azeris

Rhodium 10

10mts or even 20mts of accuracy is enough when the warhead has 250-500kg of explosive. By the way why USA has not posted videos of the Erbil base after 5 missile ( 500kg of explosive warhead each one) have smashed that base?..

Rhodium 10

Syrian armed forces have the Bastion P which is an antiship missile but can use it to land attacks…fly at low altittude at 3.500 KM/h, guided by Glonass…2 vehicles carry 4 of them and those missile are enough to cause a huge destruction in Tel Aviv or Haifa beside IDF systems cannot intercept them!

Helen4Yemen

comment image?w=300
Who believes the total nonsense that the white Jew
was returning home to the Arab region?

Arch Bungle

Even the jews have stopped claiming this now. They are on to new lies, requiring even more fantastic leaps of imagination.

Helen4Yemen

I must disagree, out of the 15,000,000 Jews in the world today,
maybe 5 may say they are not descended from the Israelite
but the rest do, watch this video and everyone asked if
they were Israelite said they were.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXVA8bS86sc

Blue In Green

The closer targets are to mainland Iran, the danger they face rises exponentially.

Don’t really have much more to add to this, very good example of how far and why IRGC-ASF is not something to take as a joke.

Cromwell

Why isn’t Tanf getting this treatment?

Helen4Yemen

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The Objective

The next precision missile strikes should be on Diego Garcia, or on U.S warships and carriers in the Indian ocean. a 2000 kilometre precision strike capability isn’t going to stop the U.S., let alone a 425 km range.

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