Why So Many Scuds Are Duds

Why So Many Scuds Are Duds

They failed to provoke Israeli retaliation or spread mass terror among Saudis. ^ And now, most embarrassing of all, Iraq's Scud missiles are falling apart before they even reach their targets. More than 70 Scuds have been launched so far, and lately they're breaking up while heading toward their destinations. U.S. military men say sloppy Iraqi workmanship is at fault. The basic Soviet- built Scud-B has a 180-mile range, not enough to hit Israel or Saudi cities from Iraq. So the Iraqis have welded on liquid-fuel boosters to produce the Al Abbas (range: 540 miles) and the Al Hussein (390). But...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!