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Al Fahd 300
Type Short-range ballistic missile
Place of origin Iraq
Service history
In service Project abandoned[1][2]
Production history
Variants Al Fahd 300
Al Fahd 500
Diameter 600 mm booster[2]
500 mm sustainer[2]

Engine SA-2 Volga engine[1][3]
Payload capacity 190 kg[2]
Propellant solid propellant[1][3]
Al Fahd 300:300 km[1]
Al Fahd 500:500 km[1]

The Al Fahd 300 was an Iraqi solid-propelled short-range ballistic missile[1][3][2] that was based on the Soviet S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile.[1] It's expected range was 300 km, which violated the limits provided by UNSC 687 which stipulated that Iraq was only allowed to have missiles with a range lower than 150 km.[2] The missile project was thus halted and declared abandoned by 1993.[3]

Development and operational history

In August 1991 Iraq secretly started work on the J-1 surface-to-surface missile based on the S-75 Dvina without notifying UNSCOM.[1][3] During the development of the missile the Ababil-100 had already been declared and Iraq later on admitted to hiding its Fahd missile project with the Ababil-100 as similarities would be observed between J-1 and Ababil-100.[1][3] Iraq had declared the project abandoned in May 1993, and had had six tests between January and April of 1993 and provided UNSCOM details.[1][3] Iraq had declared the range to be 134 km but UNSCOM could not verify it.[1][3] Lt.Gen Hussein Kamel al-Majid had issued the orders for the project and its secrecy.[1][3] 21 flight tests were claimed overall and the UNSCOM ordered the destruction for 9 of such missiles.[2]

Al Fahd 500

The 500 km range version although being displayed at the 1989 Baghdad arms exposition did not reach the design stage and according to Pentagon Opinion was a mock-up for a propaganda campaign.[2]

See also


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