Qatar Unveils New Chinese SRBM System

Qatar unveiled its new short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system during its 2017 National Day parade. The missile was mounted on an 8×8 TEL and appeared to be a modified Chinese SY-400 system, capable of carrying both BP-12A and SY-400 SRBMs. The BP-12A can carry a 480 kg conventional payload over a 280 km range, while the SY-400 can carry a 200 kg conventional payload over a 200 km range. Both missile types are interchangeable in the system, carrying either two BP-12A canisters or eight SY-400 canisters. While both missiles have the range to reach land targets in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, neither give Qatar significant reach into Iranian territory.

Photographs from the parade appeared to show the 8X8 TELs equipped with the larger BP-12A SRBM.