Satellite images back report of new Iranian missile plant in Syria
A satellite photo provided by ImageSat international (ISI) shows a suspected missile production facility (Courtesy ISI)
Date: 2019-03-14 11:07
New satellite images give credence to reports that a new factory in Syria’s northwest is a facility for the production of surface-to-surface (SSM) missiles, an Israeli intelligence-gathering firm said Wednesday (March 13).
The plant near the city of Safita was first reported upon last month by Channel 12 news, which said Israeli officials believe it is a precision missile factory being constructed by Iranian regime in cooperation with the Assad regime and Hezbollah militia.
ImageSat International (ISI) on Wednesday said satellite photos of the compound supported the report.
“The construction patterns, the compound’s location and the signs of activity at the compound and its surrounding area increase the probability that this is a missiles manufacturing site,” said the company, which interprets visual intelligence.
It noted that “The compound contains three main hangars which are reminiscent of large industrial buildings. If this site is indeed related to SSM manufacturing, it is possible that two hangars include production lines, and the third is for manufacture or assembly.”
It also said that vehicle activity at the site, particularly the use of buses and vans by workers, followed the pattern of operations at military facilities.
And tracks seen in a nearby area were compatible with those made by SSM launcher vehicles, ISI said.
However, the company noted that “there is probably no manufacturing or assembly of missile engines and warheads in this complex, since protected
structures weren’t detected. Also, no missiles or launchers were identified within the compound.”
Israel says it has carried out hundreds of airstrikes on Iranian-linked targets as part of a campaign to prevent Tehran from establishing a military presence in Syria.
Based on the Times of Israel