North Korea Supplies Syria with New Long-Range Scud Missile

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

North Korea has supplied a new, longer-range Scud ballistic missile to Syria and is in negotiations to sell the weapon to Egypt as well, reported the daily Haaretz Sunday. 

The Scud D, whose range is estimated to be 700 kilometers, was unknown until recently.  

The original missile, which was made by the Soviet Union, is known as the Scud B, and most Arab countries with Scuds have Scud B missiles in their arsenals. Its range is approximately 300 kilometers, the daily added.  

North Korea developed a newer version, the Scud C, with a range of 500 kilometers. Syria acquired that version and has begun assembling them in a local plant set up by the North Koreans, claimed the daily.  

Haaretz said that it is also possible that Syria has begun producing Scud parts.  

"It is not known whether the payload of the new missile is any different from its predecessors or if its guidance system is any more accurate," reported the daily quoting a military source as saying. 

He added that Libya is also showing renewed interest in acquiring and developing missiles.  

"After sanctions for its role in the downing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 were lifted, Tripoli renewed its missile-acquisition efforts'" he was quoted as saying.  

The Libyans are also showing interest at North Korean missiles with a 1300-kilometer range, which served as the prototype for the Iranian-made Shehab-3, Haaretz added - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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