The UK Foreign Office condemned the firing of 16 missiles by Iran during five days of military exercises, as they pose a “threat to regional and international security.”
“The launch is a clear breach of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which requires that Iran not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons—including launches using ballistic missile technology,” according to the British Foreign Office on Dec. 25.
The missiles have a range of between 350 and 2000 kilometers, enough to reach Israel and U.S. bases in the region.
With the international community’s negotiations with Iran not moving forward, Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz said he had notified the United States of instructions to the Israel Defense Forces to plan an attack on Iran, Times of Israel reported.
Israel has reportedly approved a budget of $1.5 billion to carry out these possible war actions against Iran’s nuclear program.
Additionally, it announced last month a new weapon that is part of the Scorpius electromagnetic warfare suite, which is reportedly capable of thwarting enemy electronic capabilities.
This weapon can damage aircraft, drones, and missiles despite its “soft protection” status since they rely on electromagnetic energy to function.
Gideon Fustick is the marketing director of Israeli defense contractor Israel Aerospace Industries. He said the Scorpius missile damages enemy electronic sensors, navigation, radar, or other electronic operations by emitting concentrated energy beams in a confined range.
Fustick added that the new Scorpius weapons offer an advantage over previous forms of electromagnetic warfare: “It’s an offensive weapon that doesn’t send out missiles. It’s not a hard-kill system,” Fustick stated. “And yet, it’s very effective in engaging and disabling enemy systems.”