I have posted my quiry in another forum but not much replies.. so try my luck here I have been puzzled about how Hez short ranged rockets been hitting Haifa regularly? The original Hez Katyusha rockets have a max range of only 12km (majority stock are of this variant) and was modified to extended to a range of 18 to 22km. With this modification the rockets are hardly hand-portable (approx 180kg) and have to be mounted on trucks, or required to be transported by trucks and launch from ad-hoc sites... making them quite visible from the air... but still small enough to be hidden in bushes. Katyusha rocket launched by Hezbollah The Fajr-3 has a Max range of 45km and are 40% longer and twice the diameter (240mm) of the extended Katyusha variant. each are 405 kg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fajr-3_rocket Fajr-3 pic The Fajr-5 has a Max range of 75 km and are twice longer (approx. 10m) and 3 times the diameter (333mm) of the extended Katyusah variant... must have weigh a ton each http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fajr-5 Both Fajr-5 and Fajr-3 are long and are definately truck launched. Haifa is situated appox. 35km from the Lebanese border. The IDF have total air coverage in Lebanese South and total land control 5km< and air control 30km> inside lebanon. We know that IDF will bomb any trucks and cars in South Lebanon with impunity.. therefore , even if it was possible only afew Fajr-3 would get thru.. and IDF would have spotted those trucks from a far, given South Lebanon terrain. My question is - How the hell could those Katyusha Rockets even reach Haifa, which is more than 40 km from the buffer zone, with a max 22 km range ? As I say Fajr-3 are quite large with a 45kg warhead and 5.2m long weighing 405kg... and Fajr-5 wouldn't survive long enough to launch and it has a 90kg warhead. Both have high damage ratings which does not corresponds from pics and News media of damage sites in Haifa hit by rockets... there are in fact more like pot holes. While Israel northern town were hit (which is not a surprise) there are always Rocket debris.. like latest Kiryat town rocket attack hit by short range Katyusha rockets with approx. 50 pounds of explosives.. and the hole is much bigger and deeper. Rockets of these size are not easy to hide, and to think that Haifa has been hit with 100 rockets(at it's height) a day. How do you hide that many Fagr-3/5 from the air anyway. So, it has to be Katyusha rockets, which Hez manufacture and easy to hide and transport, but it just do not have the range. http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/TEMP/me_hizbullah_08_29.html Israel News Agency reported the same . ( but has been taken Down ).. wonder why ?http://www.israelnewsagency.com/iranisraelmissilesnuclear8730918.html And after less than a year of a fail test, the Fajr-3 work perfectly now... And able to manufacture and launch more than 500 of them in bushes at Haifa. :shock: There are 1800 rockets launched so far into Israel. Even this article struggle to give a credible analysis, without saying it's a Fajr-5 (taking account of the buffer zone).. but the damage inflicted on Haifa, does not even suggest a (Fajr-3)45kg warhead element, much less a 90kg warhead of a Fajr-5.. in most instances more like a mortar hit... and then there is question of rocket debris... which is glaringly absent. http://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/read_article.php?id=269409&selected=Analyses Anyone could shed a light ??