Secretive Saudi rocket group tools up for potential nuclear role

The Saudi Strategic Rocket Force (SRF) may be engaged in research and development work to build its own solid-fuel rocket engines for medium-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), according to analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. The Vermont, United States-based institute suggested that work had progressed to the point of static bench-testing at the SRF’s Base 544 at Al-Watah, 200km south-west of Riyadh. If accurate, this is a significant statement of Saudi ambition, given that ballistic missile engine design and manufacturing is generally acknowledged to be the most challenging aspect of deploying ICBMs. 7th February 2019, Issue 1,074. Read more

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