56) Of these 422 runways, 331 remain outside Shahab 2 SRBM range (i.
If Iran developed a nuclear warhead and integrated it onto an SRBM or MRBM, then this new capability would hold at risk unsheltered aircraft much further afield and would constitute a more potent punishment threat.
If Iran developed a nuclear warhead and integrated it onto an SRBM or MRBM, then this new capability would threaten unsheltered aircraft much further afield, representing a more credible punishment threat.
It continues to field conventionally armed SRBMs
opposite Taiwan and is developing a number of mobile, conventionally armed MRBMs.
Notably, the PAC-3 and SM-2 Block IV are designed for SRBM interception but would be ineffective against longer-range ballistic missiles, due to the targets' higher reentry speeds.
An even easier solution would be to send SRBMs on boost-glide, or depressed, trajectories, which would increase their range by as much as 31.
87) The PLA also discusses firing previously decommissioned obsolete missiles, less accurate or capable armed weapons (some releasing their own decoys), and even cheaper SRBMs as "bait" for interceptors.
Reportedly, Pakistan already has the Chinese-developed M-9 and M-11 class SRBMs
The DF-15A, the longest-range SRBM
, has a range of 486 nm.
78) Another option would be hardened pens for missile patrol craft, in which they might survive an initial SRBM attack.
China's CSS-7 SRBM is thought to be able to carry 800 kg warheads at least 174 miles, which suggests that in terms of mass delivered, two SRBMs could create the same airfield damage as a single JP233.
Cole reports a Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense estimate that a 500 kg unitary warhead from an SRBM would create in a runway a crater ten meters deep and twenty wide.