The Largest Security-Cleared Career Network for Defense and Intelligence Jobs - JOIN NOW

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

970409_cia_95629_95629_01.txt
Subject: SUBJ: REPORT MENTIONING CHEMICAL WEAPONS AT KHAMISYAH, MAY 1986
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence
TO FACILITATE ELECTRONIC ACCESS, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN
REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN
TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF
THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON
REQUEST.
SUBJECT:
THE FOLLOWING EXCERPT IS FROM THE LAST PAGES OF A LENGTHY
OFFICIAL IRAQI DOCUMENT REGARDING ITS CHEMICAL WEAPONS'
PRODUCTION PLANTS. IT WAS WRITTEN IN LATE 1985 AND OBTAINED BY 
THE CIA IN MAY 1986
ARTILLERY GRENADES
A. 3,975 155MM MUSTARD LOADED ARTILLERY GRENADES HAVE BEEN ISSUED
(FROM JUNE 1984 TO MARCH 1985) TO AL-KHAMISIYAH WAREHOUSES. WE DO NOT
HAVE OFFICIAL DATA ABOUT USING THIS QUANTITY BY THE THIRD ARMY CORPS. THE
WAREHOUSES CURRENTLY HAVE 6,293 150MM MUSTARD BOMBS, ENOUGH TO MEET
FRONT DEMANDS FOR FOUR DAYS ON A 15-MINUTE MISSION. THIS IS BASED ON 155MM
AUSTRIAN ARTILLERY BATTALIONS (FIVE BATTALIONS) ASSIGNED TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS.
SUPPOSING THAT ALL THESE BATTALIONS ARE ASSIGNED TO A CORPS SECTOR, THEY CAN FIRE
1,620 BOMBS IN 15 MINUTES, THE TIME REQUIRED TO FIRE CHEMICAL WEAPONS.
IF THE NEED TO USE 155MM SARIN BOMBS SHOULD ARISE, 857 BOMBS CAN BE
LOADED WITH END PRODUCT FROM AVAILABLE SUPPLIES (3,000 LITERS) IN THREE DAYS IN
THREE SHIFTS A DAY (EIGHT HOURS A SHIFT). IN ADDITION, 12,571 155MM SARIN
BOMBS CAN BE LOADED IN THE NEXT FIVE MONTHS (USING 44,000 LITERS OF SARIN TO
BE PRODUCED DURING THESE MONTHS) OR AN AVERAGE OF 2,514 BOMBS A MONTH.
THIS QUANTITY IS WITHIN THE CAPABILITY OF THE FIVE ARTILLERY BATTALIONS AND WITHIN
THE LOADING TIME.
1.5(c)
95629:95629

First Page |Prev Page |Next Page |Src Image




NEWSLETTER
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list