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Al Abbas


Iraqi modification of the R-17 with an 800-km range, achieved by reducing warhead weight to 125 kg, and increasing propellant load by 30 percent .

Al Abbas could be fired only from static launchers.

Standard warhead: 125 kg (275 lb). Maximum range: 800 km (490 mi). Boost Propulsion: Storable liquid rocket. Initial Operational Capability: 1990.

Gross mass: 7,700 kg (16,900 lb).
Payload: 125 kg (275 lb).
Height: 13.75 m (45.11 ft).
Diameter: 0.85 m (2.80 ft).
Span: 1.80 m (5.90 ft).
First Launch: 1988.04.25.
Last Launch: 1990.12.28.
Number: 9 .

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See also
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Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • Makeyev Russian manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Makeyev Design Bureau, Kolomna, Russia. More...

Al Abbas Chronology


1988 April 25 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1988 June 27 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1988 June 28 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1988 June 29 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1989 February 12 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1989 February 12 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1989 August 21 - . Launch Site: Tall Afar. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Test flight - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1990 December 28 - . Launch Site: Umm Qasr. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas. LV Configuration: Al Abbas To Ar Rutba.
  • Separating RV test - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

1990 December 28 - . Launch Site: Umm Qasr. Launch Vehicle: Al Abbas.
  • Separating RV test - . Nation: Iraq. Apogee: 100 km (60 mi).

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