Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal – 2.0

January 25, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Missile

Author: 

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Publication: 

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Executive Summary

  • The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has identified as many as 23 ballistic missile launches by Iran since the conclusion of the July 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
  • This calculation is the result of a comprehensive review of open-source material in both Persian and English, building on a February 2017 review by FDD which was the first of its kind.
  • Such an assessment is necessary because of the limited U.S. and UN reporting on Tehran’s post-deal missile launches. A reliable count of launches remains essential for assessing both the Iranian missile threat as well as Tehran’s compliance with relevant UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs).
  • Iran has apparently launched only one medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) since February 2017. Between July 2015 and February 2017, Iran launched as many as nine MRBMs, more than any other type of missile tested. All of Iran’s MRBMs are nuclear-capable, and can strike U.S. bases and partners in the region when fired from Iranian territory.

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Read the full memo at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies