“The enemies are arming themselves with precision-guided heavy rockets and will inevitably come to possess GPS-guided ballistic missiles,” an architect of the “Israeli” missile program warned on Wednesday.
Speaking at a conference called “Missile “Defense”: Asset or Liablity for Regional and International Stability”, held at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Rubin warned that the growing threat is strategic, not merely tactical.
Rubin, who founded and directed the “Israeli” War Ministry’s Missile Organization, and ran the Arrow program, said that “Iran possess over 400 ballistic missiles that can reach “Israel”.”
“Syria and Hizbullah have thousands of heavy rockets, and tens of thousands of light rockets,” Rubin continued.
“That’s the bad news. The worse news is that these rockets are being turned into smart rockets. The Iranians took the Zilzal 2 and turned it into a guided rocket. The third generation of it contains a homing sensor and a GPS. The Syrians can have this capability too, to create a fully guided M-600 rocket with GPS. Hizbullah probably has these,” he said.
The M-600 carries a 500-kilogram warhead, and a guided version of it would be a devastating weapon, Rubin warned.
He showed a photograph of Tel Aviv and the War Ministry Headquarters site, the Kirya, saying one M-600 strike could collapse half of the area.
“That would change the skyline of Tel Aviv. This is not a tactical threat, it’s not harassment. This is a strategic threat. Even worse news is coming; ballistic missiles are becoming smart,” he said.
In the next five to 10 years, “Israel’s” enemies will inevitably arm themselves with GPS-guided ballistic missiles such as Scuds, he said..
“Perhaps Syria already has this capability,” Rubin said. “This can significantly disrupt “Israel’s” air power. “Israel” will of course recover.”
He further stated: “We are talking about escalating a war to quicken it, and end it within three days. They are talking about doing the same. This threat can degrade the “Israeli” army’s ground capabilities via accurate missile strikes on army mobilization and staging grounds.”
“It can paralyze “Israel’s” war economy. And of course, it can inflict massive casualties.”
The introduction of nuclear weapons would not replace conventional threats, but create an additional layer of nonconventional ballistic threats, Rubin said.