BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:20 P.M.) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is allegedly developing a military base to produce a ballistic missile program, Associated Press reported on Saturday.

According to the Associated Press report, “a military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has long criticized its archrival Iran for possessing.”

In this Nov. 13, 2018 satellite image from Planet Labs Inc that has been annotated by experts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, a suspected Saudi ballistic missile base and test facility is seen outside of the town of al-Dawadmi, Saudi Arabia. A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, potentially thrusting the kingdom into a weapons program it long has criticized its archrival Iran for possessing. (Planet Labs Inc, Middlebury Institute of International Studies via AP) Photo credit: Associated Press

Saudi officials did not respond to the Associated Press’ requests for comment.

 

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Daeshbags-Sux
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This is the Al-Watah ballistic missile base 24.213691°N 44.701952°E
It’s referenced for at least 10 YEARS!
You can notice two launchpads for DF-3A absolutely similar to those on missile bases in China.
The only new stuff is that the complex has been expanded but nothing new about its existence.

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BTW, DF-3A uses liquid fuel so manufacturing solid-fuel seems dubious, thus they may have upgraded the rocket engines or are (more likely) installing DF-21 here. Since China scraped all her DF-3 which are 1971 old cows with very poor accuracy (1-1.5km) and replaced these by DF-21, I suppose that KSA is also into scrapping DF-3A.
DF-21B accuracy is 10m and so can be used efficiently for conventional strikes while DF-3A has no interest (except for propaganda) unless you have nukes to load onboard…
Liquid fuel is also a pain in the… You have to fill the tanks not too long before launching.

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KSA has bought Dong-Feng DF-3 and DF-21 from China for a while.
4 other bases are known about :
– Rawdah 21°2′59.3″N 42°52′36.8″E
– Al Sulayyil 20°43′07″N 45°35′01″E
It’s the oldest one : 1988
– Al Jufayr 24°1’52″N 46°18’39″E
– Ash Shamli 27°15’49″N 40°03’14″E

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“Saudi officials did not respond to the Associated Press’ requests for comment.”
=> And they won’t! Anything about their ballistic program is highly classified.
It is believed in the intelligence community that they funded 60% of Pakistani nuclear program and could get off-the-shelves warheads from Pakis, although a Saudi defense official dismissed it as speculation.
In fact, outside authorised personnel and maybe CIA or Mossad, nobody really knows what they are exactly doing…