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Iran’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities

by Arda MEVLÜTOĞLU

Issue 106

Iran has built up a significant missile force over the past 40 years, a force which it has been actively and aggressively using as a psychological warfare asset, as a diplomatic leverage tool as well as a weapon of revenge, as seen in the retaliatory attacks after the assassination of Qasim Sulemani in early 2020. 

This missile force is arguably Iran’s main military and strategic asset, since the conventional inventory of the country largely composed of decades old platforms and equipment from the Shah era and their locally improved variants, capabilities of which are questionable.