The Yemeni Burkan Missile Riddle

 

What is the Yemeni Burkan (Borkan) missile and what is its origin? We do not know it reliably. There is a striking similarity with the Iranian Qiam Missile. That's why Iran is referred to as a sponsor. But it can be another.

Some remains of the Burkan-H2 missile, which was recovered in Saudi Arabia, were examined and as of Iranian Qiam-1 missile identivied.
The presented evidence is ridiculous. Some "evidences" are mysterious. According to all available reports regarding Iranian missile program published, the Shahid Bagheri Industrial Group (SBIG) is responsible only for a solid-fuel rocket production. Iranian liquid-fuel missiles are under responsibility of another company. The Scud is a liquid-fuel missile, and has therefore nothing to do with the Shahid Bagheri group. The presented debris with logo is a deliberately wrong assignment. It is nonsensical to believe that Iran makes the mistake of exporting the easily identifiable Qiam-1 to Yemen. Is there a wrong game played to discredite Iran ?
The United Nations experts continue to investigate the fragments of the missile that was launched by Yemeni rebels towards Riyadh, stating that there is no confirmation that the rocket is of Iranian origin, UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said.

 1. Iranian Qiam-1 

The Qiam was first presented in Iran in 2010. It was found that the Qiam is a modified Scud-C. Compared to the Scud-B, the Intertank section is missing in the Scud-C. A notable finding of the investigations is that a Scud-C does not have stainless steel tanks as the Scud-B, but that they made of aluminum alloy. From the Scud-C there are no reliable documents or photos of the Soviet original. In Iran and North Korea, however, the Scud-C is standard as Shahab-2 and Hwasong-6 in various designs.

Recent research on my part (not least by a comparison with the Burkan missiles) has been noticed that the Qiam is longer than previously thought. Although the Qiam is a Scud-C from the origin, but has in addition to the significantly shortened guidance unit, the absence of the fins and the unique WH, a extended body of 1.20 m. Based on photos a total missile length of about 12 m can be measured. Due to the increase in fuel and the longer burning time (about +10 sec), the range of the projectile increases significantly.

                   

         



Qiam with its typical short guidance section

  

 2. Iranian Qiam-2 

The Qiam-2 differs from the Qiam-1 in the winged WH, which allows a more precise sighting to the target.



Qiam-2 with mini-fins and winged WH

        



Qiam-2 attack against ISIS

 3. Yemeni Burkan-1 

The Burkan-1 is a standard Scud-B



 

 

Details

 


 4. Yemeni Burkan-2 

The Burkan-2 is obviously a standard Scud-C, and is similar to the Qiam-1 equipped with shortened guidance unit and typical WH


        


 


Burkan-2 missile with fins

 5. Yemeni Burkan-H2 

The longer Burkan-H2 is in its whole appearance very similar to the Qiam-1 with about 12 m in length.

     
Burkan-H2 with mini-fins similar Qiam-2

 
Burkan-H2 missiles have a short guidance unit as we know it from the Qiam-1

Some remains of the Burkan-H2 missile salvaged in Saudi Arabia have allegedly been identified as parts of an Iranian Qiam missile. But the United Nations experts continue to investigate the fragments of the missile that was launched by Yemeni rebels towards Riyadh, stating that there is no confirmation that the rocket is of Iranian origin, UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said.

 6. Yemeni Burkan-3 

The Burkan-3 is a Burkan-2H with a shorter and lighter WH, which further increases the range.