A recent Alma Research and Education Center report notes that the Islamic Republic of Iran guards an arsenal of Qiam-1 ballistic missiles in a hidden valley in Kermanshah, located in the west of the country.
Identification of Hidden Iranian missile site
The report suggests that the Qiam-1 missiles are stationed at a location approximately 150 kilometers away from the Iraqi border. According to the information, the missiles would be deposited in a set of bunkers distributed in three underground locations. Konesht Canyon is noted as one such location.
The center’s study indicates the existence of “dozens of missile bunkers” housed in the aforementioned canyon. A video posted by Alma appears to provide evidence of 61 missile bunkers present in the area, even showing what a bunker intended to house a Qiam missile might look like.
In addition, the identification of 80 additional bunkers in a region called Panj Pelleh, possibly containing Qiam or Fatteh missiles, has been mentioned.
Air defenses at hidden Iranian arsenal
In addition to missiles, the canyon also houses anti-aircraft defenses. According to the report, surface-to-air missile sites can be found at the Kermanshah airbase. In addition, detailed information on the location of the sites and a general analysis of the region is provided.
Alma, which describes itself as “an education and research center, focused on investigating security challenges on Israel’s northern borders,” is not the first entity to mention this site. The National Council of Resistance of Iran also mentioned this place in March 2021.
Iranian Qiam-1 missile
At a press conference held by the Council, two “IRGC ballistic missile sites in western Iran that have been used for attacks against neighboring countries” were mentioned. In the event, it was alleged that the region served as a launching point for missile strikes directed against US forces in Ain al-Assad in January 2020.
The Qiam-1 ballistic missile is described by the Center for Strategic and International Studies as “a liquid-fueled short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) developed and deployed by Iran.” This indigenous variant of the Shahab-2 SRBM, unlike other Scud variants from Iran, lacks external tailfins and possesses a spacer warhead.
Since 2017, Iran has used the Qiam-1 in various combat operations, as stated in the aforementioned study.