Report: Iran Sent Advanced Technology To Improve Hezbollah Rockets

Despite the denials, Hezbollah has already admitted it has precision missiles.


Jerusalem Post
Report: Iran Sent Advanced Technology To Improve Hezbollah Rockets

A Fars Air Qeshm Boeing 747 touched down in Beirut at 2:04 p.m. on October 16. The large white aircraft had left Tehran at 9:33 that morning but had concealed its flight details from international tracking authorities. It stayed in Beirut for almost a day before leaving for Doha on October 17. That plane is now at the center of a Fox News report alleging that it carried “GPS devices to make precision-guided weapons in Iranian factories inside Lebanon.”

The report Friday night said that Western intelligence sources believe the cargo plane was carrying items for Hezbollah. These components “were bound for these Hezbollah secret sites near the Beirut airport to target Israel in the future.” Fox News quoted former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin as saying Israel was determined to confront this kind of technology transfer.

“Israel is determined not to let it happen,” he said. “This is a source of concern because if the Iranians, on the one hand, are determined to build this precision project with ballistic missiles and the Israelis are determined not to let it happen, this is a recipe for collision.”

Fars Air Qeshm’s Boeing 747 has been implicated before in suspicious activity. In September Fox News also reported that the same plane had departed from an air force base in Tehran on July 9 and also stopped in Damascus before continuing on to Beirut. It also landed in the afternoon. It used the flight number QFZ9960 as opposed to its October number QFZ9950. It also carried out another flight on August 2, leaving Tehran and landing in Beirut. The airline was also fingered in April as one of several being monitored by US intelligence for its role as an air bridge between Tehran and Damascus.

There has been pushback in the past against these reports. Sputnik news, which is close to Moscow’s narrative, argued in September that pushing the “smuggling” story caters to “Washington and Tel Aviv with a pretext to strike Iranian advisors and Hezbollah fighters in Syria.”

Israel has carried out more than 200 strikes in Syria over the last two years according to a report in September. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 27 that Hezbollah had a number of clandestine sites in Beirut. The IDF released images of a Hezbollah precision missile factory to coincide with the speech. In early October Beirut residents received a WhatsApp message warning them they were living in close proximity to these sites.

“Hezbollah is brazenly lying to the international community,” Netanyahu said, when Lebanon denied the existence of the precision missile factories. He said Lebanon had not looked underground to reveal Hezbollah’s “underground precision missile production facility.”

Despite the denials, Hezbollah has already admitted it has precision missiles. On September 20 Hezbollah said “it has been done,” referring to outfitting its missiles with guidance systems. “The resistance now owns precision missile,” Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said.

The exposure of the alleged smuggling route and allegations that GPSes are being put on the ballistic missiles poses a direct threat to Israel. In the past, Hezbollah’s missiles have been relatively inaccurate. However the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has increased the accuracy of its own missiles in Iran. In recent months it has showcased this accuracy firing Fateh-110 missiles at Kurdish opposition groups in Iraq in September and fired its Zulfiqar and Qiam ballistic missiles at ISIS in Syria. The attack in Iraq was able to hit a room in a large building, showing the missiles were very precise.

The allegation that Iran has begun to transfer this technology to Hezbollah is a major escalation and forms part of the terrorist group’s desire to expand its arsenal in the wake of the Syrian civil war winding down. Hezbollah has been devoting resources to fighting in Syria. The last years have seen reports in Syria that Israel has struck weapons convoys destined for Hezbollah. In October, Russia deployed the S-300 missile system to Syria. Now Jerusalem has been ramping up accusations about Hezbollah’s weapons systems and how Hezbollah is increasing the precision of its rockets and hiding them beneath Beirut. All of this points to increased tensions between Israel and Lebanon.

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  1. @Ian Greenhalgh: a good article overall, but why do you call Hezbollah a “terrorist” organisation (2nd line last paragraph) when it is a Lebanese defence organisation to protect against Israel’s aggression and attacks? If anything, Israel is the terrorist outfit and should be called that.

  2. End the Ponzi scheme known as fractional reserve banking … end all Central Banks, and Israel ends. it’s that simple.

  3. There is a price to pay for stealing another persons land and using snipers to continue to occupy that land”””

  4. Notice how Ian Greenhalgh constantly and consistently calls Hezbollah a terrorist group!…………..Who are you working for pal?

    • Oh dear, try a bit harder to actually read things properly. I didn’t write the article, it’s from the Jerusalem Post and I selected it to republish here because it shows the ongoing Israeli propaganda effort aimed at making Iran seem like it is a dangerous threat to the safety of Israel.

  5. On the surface this is not a matter that should concern the average American. But if Israel succeeds in manipulating our politicians into fighting a war against Iran for them we should all be very concerned.

  6. Nothing will change for the better in the USA and the world as long as Americans continue to vote for the one party corporate millionaire dictatorship.

  7. About time, give the Murdering Zionists a taste of their own medicine..
    The only terrorist group’s desire to expand its arsenal is Israel and Murder Inc.

  8. The triumvirate rallies around one of it’s own, giving cover and excuses why we should let them kill journalists.
    Look, we think this plane is suspicious, so let’s not be so hard on the prince.
    We have shady friends with dubious agendas. Be nice to your neighbors and have less worries.

  9. so?
    isnt israel continually upgrading its weapons?
    this idea that israel gets to say who has what weapon and who they get to attack without retaliation…is COMPLETE garbage.

    the inability for israel to carry out attacks without payback….is only a question of time…..and if they are foolish enough to start a war…they will have to pay a price….that is what war is!

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