Shahab-2 (Scud-C variant)

The Shahab-2 is the Iranian variant of the Russian SS-1D ‘Scud C’. It is a single-stage, liquid-propelled, short-range ballistic missile. Its maximum range is 500 km and it carries a single warhead with the maximum payload of 770 kg.

Shahab 2 At a Glance

Originated From: Iran, North Korea
Possessed By: Iran
Class: Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)
Basing: Road-mobile
Length: 10.94 or 11.5 m
Diameter: 0.88 m
Launch Weight: 6,095 kg
Payload: 770 kg
Warhead: HE
Propulsion: Liquid propellant
Range: 500 km
Status: Operational
In Service: 1997

Shahab-2 measures approximately 11 m, with a launch weight is 6,095 kg. This missile presumably carries HE, although it may be WMD capable.1 Iran received between 100 and 170 Scud C’s in 1997, which it used to start a domestic production.[Ibid.]

The Shahab-2 was tested in July 1998 following its introduction into service in 1997. In 2004, the missile became an active participant in all military drills and exercises.

Iran may have aided Syria by building a Scud-C production facility in Hama.2

An improved variant, Qiam-1, was tested August 10, 2010. The Qiam-1 is very similar to the Shahab-2, but it has a triconic shaped reentry vehicle, heavier launch weight (6,155 kg), smaller payload (750 kg), longer range (800 kg), and enhanced accuracy (500 CEP).3


  1. Andrew Feickert, “Iran’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities,” 3, (Congressional Research Service, August 23, 2004),
  2. Nuclear Threat Initiative, “Hama Missile Base and Production Facility,” (NTI),
  3. Duncan Lennox. “Shahab 2 (Qiam, SS-1D ‘Scud C’ Variant.” Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems (Offensive Weapons). September 10, 2012.