Missile site discovered in Saudi Arabia

Analysts announced on Thursday that they discovered a surface-to-surface missile base in the Saudi desert.

IHS, Inc., used satellite imagery to discover the undisclosed surface-to-surface missile base in Saudi Arabia. This third base has a different layout then the other two known bases, Al Sulayyil and Al Jufayr, and looks to serve as a training and storage complex. It also has the ability to perform operational missile launches.

Additional analysis of the facility showed that one launch pad is angled in the direction of Israel, while the other is directed at Iran. Analysis also showed that the site has limited operational capacity and might be serving as off-site storage for missiles.

"The identification of a third missile complex in Saudi Arabia comes as IHS Jane's Intelligence Review assesses that Saudi Arabia is likely to begin re-arming its missile stock with more modern and accurate Intermediate Range Ballistic Missiles," Robert Munks, deputy editor of IHS Jane's Intelligence Review, said. "There has also been recurrent speculation that Saudi Arabia would seek to procure nuclear weapons "off-the-shelf" should Iran develop them, as suggested by former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal in 2011. For such short notice, the foundations for both nuclear-capable launch vehicles and for acquiring the warheads will need to have been laid in advance."

With current tensions in the Middle East, there are fears over whether Saudi Arabia will purchase nuclear weapons. Currently, Saudi Arabia's attempts to obtain modern delivery systems for any potential nuclear weapons has been unfruitful.