Devastating cruise missile attacks on
ARAMCO's oil refineries in Saudi Arabia
2019, September 24 --
Following the US, now Britain, France and Germany declare
in an official statement that Iran is responsible for the rocket attacks on
the Saudi Arabian oil infrastructure.
Ignorance does not protect against stupidity.
2019, September 18 --
Saudi Arabia defence ministry holds news conference
The ministry display debris of cruise missiles and UAV's that were used on
recent attack against the ARAMCO infrastructures. These debris should prove
that Iran was the aggressor.
The cruise missile debris, however, come clearly from Yemeni "Quds"with its
characteristic fins. The engine matches the Quds's Czech-designed TJ-100 engine
pretty well. Also identified UAV's are in the arsenal of the Yemeni rebels.
Weapons experts say that serial numbers
on some of the missiles used by the Yemeni Houthi rebels in past attacks and
claim that their Iranian origin is proven.
Comment: What a nonsense, serial
numbers prove nothing and certainly not that Iran has carried out the attack.
Saudi Arabia defence ministry conference
Other remnants of previous cruise missile
attacks prove that they are not "Ya-Ali" CM's
2019, September 18 --
In an official memo to the U.S. embassy in Switzerland,
Iran states that the ARAMCO event is not Iran's work. Iran will react against
any U.S. action against the country.
2019, September 17 -- Washington wants
to present evidence to the attacks next week on the sidelines of the UN general
assembly debate in New York. US investigators want to investigate missile
parts that were recovered after strikes. The Saudis allegedly have recovered
pristine circuit boards from one of the cruise missiles that fell short of
its target, provide the specialists the possibility of tracing the missile’s
point of origin. We are curious to see what for fakes presented there again.
2019, September 16 -- Yemen's Army spokesman, Brigadier General
Yahya Sare'e, said in a interview that a different type of engines, something
between regular and new type of jet engines were used in Yemeni drones (and
cruise missiles) that were involved in a massive and precise raid on Saudi
Aramco oil facilities.
2019, September 14 -- On this day, the warlike conflict between
Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni Houthi rebels has reached another stage of escalation.
A number of drones and cruise missiles of the type "Quds" have caused considerable
damage to Khurais oilfield as well as the Abqaiq refinery of ARAMCO in Saudi
Arabia. This is after the occasional attacks among other things with the "Burkan"
rockets a new quality.
The Houthi rebels have confirmed there attack, but the US administration makes
again Iran responsible and announces consequences. It is evidently contemplated,
in turn, to destroy Iranian oil refineries.
Iran denies its involvement in the attack of cruise missiles and threatens
as well. Amir Ali Hadschisadeh, Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Air Force, "reminded Washington" that all American bases and their aircraft
carriers are within range of its missiles at a distance of up to 2000 kilometers.
Conclusion: The US and Iran are heading back to a military conflict.
It is crazy, but we should ask ourselves if there is an unknown potent sponsor
(not Iran) who is conducting a private war against the regime in Saudi Arabia.
The Houthi rebels that came out of nowhere would be quasi a private force,
and the ever-accumulating and improving rocket technology would have been
shopped, certainly not just from Iran.
This is in line with a statement by Houthi General Sare'e, made in a video,
that the operation was carried out with the help of "Honorable and Free People
in the Kingdom". This could be an indication that the operation was started
on Saudi Arabian territory. If drones were involved in the complex attack,
then is it possible. Drones have a limited range. In addition, some damages
to the infrastructure are so strange that we have to assume that they were
caused from close range.
After all cruise missile attacks clearly parts of "Quds" cruise missiles were
found. "Quds" have a range of about 700km. This is not enough to reach from
the Houthi territory the targets in the center of Saudi Arabia. Since the
"Quds" are not of Iranian origin, they were not started from there either.
This gives the legitimate assumption that the Houthis (or allies) started
them from Saudi Arabian territory.
The Saudis are at a loss, and the U.S. administration is blind in their
vicious efforts to inflict damage on Iran.
Here is an excellent article (shortened) stating that
the Quds missiles are not of Iranian design, such as Soumar or Hoveizeh:
September 15, 2019
"On September 14, several explosions rocked the Khurais oilfield as
well as the Abqaiq refinery, one of Saudi Arabia’s most vital petrochemical
installations. Several hours later, the Houthis claimed that they had targeted
both facilities with ten drones as part of their “Balance of Deterrence” campaign.
Indeed, Aramco came to the conclusion that its facilities were attacked by
missiles. Even more curious, several pictures began to emerge on social media
purportedly showing the wreckage of a missile in the Saudi desert. While the
images appear real, neither the date the photos were taken nor their location
can be verified. Social media users quickly claimed the images showed a crashed
Iranian-made Soumar cruise missile. The Soumar and its updated version, the
Hoveizeh, are Iran’s attempts at reverse-engineering the Soviet-designed KH-55
cruise missile, several of which the country illegally imported from Ukraine
in the early 2000s. Others claimed it was the Quds 1, a recently unveiled
Houthi cruise missile often claimed to be a rebranded Soumar.
While at this point there are still more questions about the attack than answers,
it might be a good idea to take a closer look at the Quds 1. Do the pictures
in the desert actually show a Quds 1? And is the Quds 1 really just a smuggled
In early July, the Houthis opened a large static display of their ballistic
missile and drone arsenal. One of the surprises unveiled at the show was a
cruise missile named Quds 1 which the Houthis claimed to have indigenously
Differences between the Quds 1 and the Soumar include the entire booster
design, the wing position, the Quds 1’s fixed wings, the shape of the nose
cone, the shape of the aft fuselage, the position of the stabilizers and the
shape of the engine cover and exhaust.
The differences in the shape of the aft fuselage and the position of the stabilizers
make it clear that the wreckage in the desert is much more likely to be a
Quds 1 than a Soumar.
There is yet another apparent difference between the Quds 1 and the Soumar/Hoveizeh:
size. A quick measurement using MK1 Eyeball reveals that the Quds 1 seems
to be smaller in diameter than the Soumar".
But while MK1 Eyeball works fine, measuring is always a little more objective.
So let’s go back to the Saudi presentation for a second. When describing the
remnants of the alleged Ya-Ali that hit Abha airport, the Saudis mentioned
that among the wreckage they found a jet engine named
A quick search reveals that there indeed is a small turbojet engine called
TJ-100. The engine is produced by the Czech company PBS Aerospace which describes
it as being especially suitable for applications in UAVs, one of its uses
being the Spanish/Brazilian Diana target drone.
When comparing the engine seen on the Quds 1 and the TJ-100 it seems
pretty clear that whatever powers the Quds 1 is either a TJ-100 or pretty
much an exact copy of it. An engine displayed at an Iranian drone exhibition
again shows stunning similarities with the TJ-100, implying that Iran is producing
a copy of the Czech engine for use in some of its drones.
Knowing the dimensions of the TJ-100, one can precisely measure the diameter
of the Quds 1. With 34cm it is significantly smaller than the Soumar, which
retains the original KH-55’s diameter of 51.4cm.
However, the Qud 1’s use of a TJ-100 is interesting for more reasons than
just measurements. First, the fact that the Quds 1 uses the same engine type
that was found in Abha makes it highly likely that the missile that hit Abha’s
terminal was a Quds 1 simply mislabeled by Saudi Arabia. The Quds 1’s design
also corresponds to the rounded wing and stabilizers found at the scene.
Second, knowing more details about the engine gives us some insights into
the performance of the missile. Both the KH-55 and the Soumar use fuel efficient
turbofan engines. The TJ-100 however not only has much lower thrust than the
original KH-55 engine but also is just your regular old turbojet. This leads
to some questions about range. Both the missile’s smaller size and its more
fuel-hungry engine make it seem unlikely it’s range would be anywhere close
to the the Soumar’s/Hoveizeh’s range of 1350km."