As tensions heighten between Washington and Tehran, fears about a military clash in the Persian Gulf are growing.
As part of its military arsenal, Iran maintains a sizeable quantity of ballistic missiles, and as Statista’s Niell McCarthy notes, it is also known to have supplied its allies with short-range ballistic missiles, particularly Hezbollah. Since the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war, Iran is thought to have supplied the terrorist group with more than 100,000 rockets and missiles, some of which have the range to reach Tel Aviv from south Lebanon, according to a report from The Soufan Center.
That report also highlights the different types of ballistic missiles operated by Iran as well as their range.
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While they cannot match the 6,000 km range of North Korea’s Taepodong-2, Iranian missiles could prove a major threat to U.S. military installations across the Middle East, with the sprawling bases at Ul-Udeid southwest of Doha and Al Dhafra near Abu Dhabi well within reach. The report states that the system with the longest range is the Soumar cruise missile which is thought to have been derived from the Russian/Soviet Kh-55, several of which were illegally supplied by Ukraine in 2005. That missile is believed to have a range of 2,500 kilometers.