Islamic Resistance in Iraq has recently released images of its Al-Aqsa 1 medium range ballistic missile claiming it was used to strike US bases in Syria and Iraq.
On Nov. 6, 2023, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq (المقاومة الإسلامية في العراق, al-Moqawamat al-Islamiat fi al-Iraq) released an image of its new Al-Aqsa 1 (الأقصى 1) missile. The group is a Sunni Islamist insurgency group fighting against US forces within Iraq. Recently the militants have launched rocket and drone attacks on U.S. bases in Syria and Iraq.
As of now only the single image has been released and no further figures are available. However, the missile seems to share many of its components from other, more commonly known platforms it is possible to make a rough estimate of its performance.
المقاwمة-الإسلامية-في-العراق للمرة الأولى تكشف عن صاروخ باسم الأقصى-1 ويبدو أنه صاروخ بالستي متوسط المدى مشابه لصاروخ فاتح-110 الإيراني وتشرين السوري، وتم استخدامه لضرب القواعد-الأمر-يكية في سوريا والعراق. pic.twitter.com/mF8bWzhB0S
The Al-Aqsa 1 seems to utilise parts from previously known missiles such as the BM-250. While it is easy to think that the missile in question is a Fateh 110, the cropped delta rear fins suggest the missile is more closely related to the BM-120/BM-250 family. Although it is hard to determine the relative size of the Al-Aqsa 1, it appears that the missile closely resembles the BM-250 in design. From the front guide fins to the twin set of rear fins, the Al-Aqsa 1 shares most parts from the BM-250. However, the nosecone on the Al-Aqsa 1 is a rounder composite-type component rather than the…
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