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The Israeli army reveals Hezbollah's precision missile project
The Israeli army reveals Hezbollah's precision missile project

The Israeli army has uncovered a Hezbollah missile project. The army explained that this project was conducted in great secrecy so that the Lebanese government and some Hezbollah officials had no knowledge of it. they also published pictures and names of the project organizers from Lebanese and Iranian figures. 

In 2016, Iran decided to make a fundamental change in its working methods, from moving missiles to converting existing missiles into precision missiles on Lebanese territory.

As part of the move, audit materials from Iran, as well as rockets from the Syrian Research Institute, were transferred to Lebanese territory for Hezbollah.

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According to the information published, for six years Iran has tried to establish advanced high-precision missile factories on Lebanese territory but has not succeeded in manufacturing production lines.

Israel expects that the disclosure of the draft will lead the international community to intervene to stop it and make Hezbollah’s chief Hassan Nasrallah understand the extent of the penetration of Israeli intelligence.

The project includes a navigation system that allows the missile to hit the target with a margin of error below ten meters.

The precision-guided missile carries guidance devices that can hit targets by a few meters error and can carry explosives and a warhead. Most of the rockets in Hezbollah's arsenal rely on inaccurate weapons.

The IDF said the head of the project was a commander in the Quds Force Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Mohammad Hossein Hijazi, who was also in charge of the relations between Iran and Hezbollah, as well as two senior officers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Hezbollah began establishing sites inside Lebanon, including the capital Beirut, in cooperation with Iranian entities, headed by Mohammad Hussein Zadeh Hijazi, commander of the Quds Force's Quds Force, led by Qassem Soleimani.

In response to the disclosure of the project of Hezbollah's precision missiles, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a warning, saying: "watch out." Netanyahu added that the aim of publishing details of the project is to make it clear that we will not sit idly by and will not allow our enemies to acquire lethal weapons.

According to a report in the Times of Israel website, the strike targeted an expensive and rare industrial mixing machine used in the creation of solid fuel, and that the attack delayed Hezbollah's plans to develop long-range precision missiles for at least one year.

Channel 13 News reported that the mixing machine, which was targeted in Beirut, was recently transferred to Lebanon from Iran, and was temporarily kept in the suburb before being transferred to a factory where the actual work on the precision missile project takes place.

Hezbollah would have used the mixing machine and any fuel it would have produced to make long-range precision missiles.

The damage to the mixing machine has rendered it unusable. "Experts dismantled the first drone that crashed in the southern suburbs of Beirut and found it contained a sealed explosive device weighing about 5.5 kilograms" Hezbollah said in a statement. "We emphasize that the purpose of this first drone was not reconnaissance but to carry out a bomb attack."

The information suggests that foiling attempts to smuggle precision missiles from Iran into Lebanon via Syria since 2013 has prompted Hezbollah not to move whole missiles but parts and pieces to be installed in Lebanon. Attempts to establish precision missile sites in Lebanon have increased significantly in recent months.