Why The World Still Fears The Scud Missile


Does anyone remember that word from the evening news of the 1990’s…most notably the First Gulf War.

Saddam fired many of these missiles some hit Saudi Arabia and one made it to Israel……the terror that must have been reminiscent of WW2 and the V1 and 2s….death from the sky.

Well they are not a thing from the past they are being used todat in different conflicts around the world…..

One of the most infamous missiles of the modern era, the Scud short-range ballistic missile was developed as a nuclear asset for Soviet commanders during the Cold War. Today, more than six decades later, the Scud’s DNA has been scattered worldwide, found in ballistic missiles from North Korea to Iran. The lumbering Scud is more visible than ever, with dozens fired in the ongoing Yemeni civil war.

The Scud missile is a direct product of captured wartime German missile technology. Soviet experiments with the Nazi-developed V-2 missile led to a ten-year development effort that culminated in the R-11M missile paraded through Red Square in November 1957. The R-11M was a liquid-fueled missile that rode on a tracked transporter erector launcher not dissimilar to North Korea’s Pukkuksong-2 tracked launcher. The R-11M could launch a conventional high-explosive warhead up to 167 miles and a heavier nuclear warhead up to ninety-three miles. The R-11M was eventually nicknamed “Scud” by NATO, and as subsequent versions emerged became known as Scud-A.

Source: Why the World Still Fears the Scud Missile | The National Interest Blog

That word from the past is not so much lost in the past……just another weapon to deal death on an unsuspected population from afar.

9 thoughts on “Why The World Still Fears The Scud Missile

  1. No need to change something that works so well. As long as the other side doesn’t have a very good air force that can get to these launchers, they are effective, and comparatively cheap to deploy. The fact that they are not ‘smart’ makes them even more scary.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Ahh, the infamous SCUD missile. Anything with an explosive warhead launched at another country is just bad; the name is irrelevant.

  3. Despite being 60 (60 already? Doesn’t look a day over 40.), the SCUD is still perfect for folks who hate their neighbours. Lucky for the manufacturer, lots of neighbours hate each other.

    I’m thinking of getting a few SCUDS myself. (SCUD-stud, surely?)

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