According to reports released in 1996, the missile has a range of about 12,000 kilometers, and its manufacturing technology comes from Russia and North Korea. According to these reports, the Shahab 6 missile was operational until 2014; And it is a completely redesigned model of North Korea's Taepodong 2 ballistic missile (Enkasasal-X-2). No reliable estimates of the Shahab-6's capability exist. According to Israeli intelligence, both the Shahab-5 and Shahab-6 would have a range of 8,500-10,000 kilometers. The Washington Times reported Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as describing the Shahab-6 as having the capability to reach the US Eastern Seaboard.
Shahab is the name of a class of Iranian missiles, service time of 1988–present, of which three variants are confirmed: Shahab-1, Shahab-2, Shahab-3, while the Shahab-4, Shahab-5, Shahab-6 (Toqyān) were alleged to exist by Western and Israeli sources in the early 1990s but these allegations were not proven.
- Cordesman, Kleiber, p. 151
- Cordesman, Al-Rodhan, p. 401
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