I love my job.
You probably noticed that the Iranians tested what Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar reportedly claimed is a two-stage, solid-fueled missile with a 1,200 mi range the other day. (Naijar gives an interview in the video, but it is in Farsi — little help? Open Source Center?)
I don’t really see the difference between this missile, Sejjil, and the Ashoura (or Ashura) that Iran claims to have tested earlier in the year — the ranges are similar and externally it looks identical to “Ashura” drawings released by MDA. (Update: Skepticism abounds.)
Josh Pollack raised some very interesting questions about Iran’s solid-fueled programs in a post on the blog, Iran’s Ashura Missile Mystery.
I don’t have any flip answers at this point — though I think it is an excellent argument for why Aegis is a more appropriate missile defense option for Europe than ground-based midcourse.
Either way, I love missile pics as much as the next guy. Wonkporn.