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Al Sulayyil Missile Base
2043'07"N 4535'01"E

Imagery of Al Sulayyil Missile Base Launch Complex Area
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This imagery is published as a joint initiative with Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's top daily newspaper, and its intelligence correspondent, Ronen Bergman.
  • EL-SULAYIL MISSILE BASE - SAUDI DESERT by Ronen Bergman "Yediot Ahronot" 27 March 2002

  • The CSS-2 IRBM launch complex located approximately 27 kilometers North of the desert oasis of Al Sulayyil, consists of a site support area and two launch areas located 6 kilometers apart.

    This site support area was probably used in the construction and ongoing maintenance of both launch sites. Over 33 permanent and 36 semi-permanent building are visible. Only 8 buildings are large enough to accomodate the Chinese-built CSS-2 which is 24 meters long. It is doubtful that that these building are used to store missile airframes.

    Launch Area A
    Each missile launch area is located in narrow canyons or wadis for cover and concealment. The facility consists of a missile support and checkout area, and a missile launch area with dispersed above-ground buildings and a prepared concrete launch pad.

    Launch Area B
    This second launch area 6 kilometer south of Launch Area A, is almost identical in composition and layout. The missile support and checkout area has fewer buildings than its counterpart at Launch Area A.

    Launch Area A
    The missile support area consists of a high-bay drive-through maintenance and checkout building measuring 25 x 60 meters, an auxillary drive-through building, and 8 probable support vehicle garages surrounding a double-ring road. Five support vehicles are visible.

    Launch Area B
    A drive-through missile checkout building is located in the center with 4 probable vehicle garages surrounding a single ring road. Ten support vehicles are visible.

    Launch Area A
    An unidentified earth-covered building 50 meters long near the missile support area.

    Launch Area B
    An unidentified earth-covered building 50 meters long near the missile support area. This building is identical to one located at complex A.

    Launch Area A
    There are two high-bay support buildings measuring 25 x 70 and 15 x 50 meters respectively. Also detected were 2 possible underground storage facilities of unknown size. It is unknown whether these entrances could accomodate CSS-2 missiles. The entrances could serve as launch pads.

    Launch Area B
    Two high-bay support buildings measuring 25 x 70 and 15 x 50 meters respectively were detected at Launch Area B. Also detected were 2 possible underground storage facilities of unknown size. It is unknown whether these entrances could accomodate CSS-2 missiles. The entrances could serve as launch pads. These facilities are almost identical to those observed at Launch Area A.

    A possible hardened vehicle garage located near the entrance of Launch Area A measuring 20 X 20 meters.

    A possible missile turnout located near Launch Area A.

    Entry control point for Launch Area B and a possible underground entrance.

    Revetted vehicle garage located near the entrance of Launch Area B measuring 20 x 20 meters.




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