Shahab-5 (Persian: شهاب ۵‎, meaning "Meteor-5") is Iranian long-range ballistic missile, that was rumoured to exist as early as 1998.[1][2] Estimated to be based on the North Korean Taepodong-2 with a first stage based on the Soviet RD-0216. Potential range of the missile is estimated to be between 4,000 and 4,300 km with a warhead payload of 700 to 1,000 kg.[3]


  1. ^ Shahab-5/IRSL-X-3, KOSAR/IRIS
  2. ^ U.S. Department of Defense (2001). Proliferation: Threat and Response (PDF). DIANE Publishing. p. 38. ISBN 1-4289-8085-7.
  3. ^ Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race?, Anthony H. Cordesman & Adam C. Seitz, ABC-CLIO, 2009, page 123

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