Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles

Image of the new Iranian Labeik guidance system upgrade system. (YouTube screen-grab)

Image of the new Iranian Labeik guidance system upgrade system. (YouTube screen-grab)

New weapon system a sign of increasing Iranian ‘self-confidence’ in its design prowess, says Israeli missile defense pioneer

(SOURCE)    The Iranian military says it has produced a new conversion kit to upgrade artillery rockets to surface-to-surface missiles, technology that Israel has accused Tehran of attempting to deliver to the Hezbollah terror group.

The Iranians unveiled the new guidance system upgrade, called Labeik, at an event Thursday at which a number of new military technologies were showcased, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Jane’s reported that Labeik appeared similar to the guidance systems on the Fateh-110 series of rockets, many of which are believed to be in the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to the report, the new system also looks to be compatible with Zelzal heavy artillery rockets.

Video footage of the new conversion system aired on Iranian television shows a short body featuring four inverted fins that can be fitted between the rocket and its payload.

According to Iran’s Fars News, the “anti-armor ‘Labeik 1’ missiles… enjoy precision-striking power.”

“There is nothing new in the conversion itself, they have been doing it for years, and they already showed conversion kits for the Fatah 110 family of missiles,” Uzi Rubin, one of the pioneers of Israel’s earliest attempts at missile defense, told The Times of Israel.

“What’s new here are the aerodynamics of the winglets — very unique, unseen in Iran to date and unseen in any other country. Going to indigenous design rather than copying others indicates self-confidence. The purpose of the new and unique aerodynamics is probably to increase the maneuverability of the converted rockets.”

Asked if the development of the new system had any implications for Hezbollah’s missile program or how Israel deals with the terror group, Rubin replied that it “definitely” did.

“This is exactly the ‘precision rocket’ project that Netanyahu and the IDF regard as a Red Line,” he said.

Hezbollah is believed to have over 150,000 missiles, but only a small number of them can be guided to specific sites. Israel is concerned that in a future war, the Lebanese terror group could use a barrage of precision missiles, were they to obtain them, to attack sensitive facilities and overwhelm its air defense array.

6 thoughts on “Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles

  1. Thanks for your comment Fred V. Squillante!

    I don’t remember. This is another step in their quest to annihilate Israel and the Jews, another step closer in the fulfillment of bible prophecy!

    God bless! Maranatha!

  2. One note about Bible prophecy. I remember the first Gulf War, Desert Storm. President G.W. Bush cobbled together a coalition of 35-40 nations, who donated troops and money to the effort to eject Saddam from Kuwait. Well, the pastor of the church I was attending thought along the futurist lines as you apparently do and let me tell you, this guy went off on a tangent – railing about “Do you see how many countries are assembling in the Holy Land for war and blah, blah, blah and sell your home and give your money to the church.” He was dead wrong, as have every other futurist who came before him, and all who will probably come after him. Somehow, that scenario never sat right with me. I have to say, those who believe in the futurist view of eschatology have missed the message. All those prophecies were uttered before 70 and were fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple and the end of the Old Covenant. Look at all that Christianity has lost after the first few centuries. I believe that the church has grown cold because of the belief that things must spiral down as we await the Great Tribulation (see Acts 8:1) and the rescue by Christ. IMHO and with all due respect.

  3. Thanks for your comment Fred V. Squillante!

    I am not a futurist as you put it, I only believe what the bible says will happen. God never ended His covenant with Jews my friend, if He did then perhaps He would also end His covenant with us and take back our eternal life! Believe what you will and I will do the same.

    God bless! Maranatha!

  4. Thank you, Mr. King. My idea of futurism is looking at the prophecies of Christ as being in our future. My idea of the Old Covenant system is that of Temple sacrifices for the atonement of sin. Since Christ made the atonement for sin at the cross there is no longer need for a Temple. That is a rather simplistic rendering, but it certainly makes easier the various aspects of eschatology, while staying within the teachings of Scripture. By looking at the prophecies as still in our future, it has created a smorgasbord of – conjecture Peace be with you, brother.

  5. Thanks for your comment Fred V. Squillante!

    Much of bible prophecy has not yet happened Fred, such as the abomination of desolation. Jesus told us that in the end times this will happen, it has not yet happened, there was a foreshadowing of it way before Jesus walked the earth, but it has not happened since. Jesus Christ Himself is bible prophecy, He is the spirit of prophecy, and there are many things in scripture which have not occurred yet, if they have then we are already living in heaven, Jesus Christ is ruling and reigning on earth in Jerusalem. If Christ were now in Jerusalem then I would be there now! These prophecies are not conjecture but the truth from the word of God Almighty my friend, there is no conjecture but what man has created to be, only because he cannot see the truth, only because man has misinterpreted the word of God. If a person says that the prophecies of Christ have already occurred then there is nothing left to look forward to, then this is as good as it gets, and then we have all been duped!

    God bless! Maranatha!

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