Zelzal-3 (Persian: زلزال-۳‎, meaning "earthquake") is an Iranian-made solid propellant unguided artillery rocket with a range of 200 km.[1] It is an upgrade of the Zelzal-2 rocket with slightly improved range and was first shown to the public in 2007. A variant, the Zelzal-3B, has a smaller warhead and a range of 250 km.[2] The shape and dimensions of the Zelzal-3 are nearly identical with previous versions except that the nosecone is cone shaped rather than the dome shaped Zelzal-2 and Zelzal-1. The Zelzal-3 has revived little use as the much more accurate Fateh-110 missile was also developed from the Zelzal-2.

Firing Zelzal 3 in burst mode
Firing Zelzal 3 in the Great Prophet VI military exercise by IRGC

A number of sources confuse the Zelzal-3 with the Shahab-3 ballistic missile.

Zelzal 3 rockets before firing
Zelzal 3 rockets before firing
Zelzal 3 2012
Zelzal-3 triple launcher during a 2012 Tehran military exhibition
TypeArtillery rocket
Service history
In service2007–present
Used by Iran
WarsYemeni Civil War (2015-present)
Saudi-led intervention in Yemen (2015-present)
Production history
Weight3.6–3.87 tonnes depending on model.
Length9–9.6 m depending on model
Diameter610 mm

200–250 km depending on model[1][2]
Inertial plus GPS[3]
Transporter erector launcher


Zelzal-3 operators
Map with Zelzal-3 operators in blue
  •  Iran[4]
  • Houthis-have a rocket they call the Zelzal-3; it is probably the same rocket as the Iranian one.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Modlex product: MXF05-000360 Zelzal 3 Surface to Surface Rocket". Modlex.ir. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  2. ^ a b c "Modlex product: MXF05-000370 Zelzal 3-B Surface to Surface Rocket". Modlex.ir. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  3. ^ https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/legacy_files/files/publication/141007_Iran_Rocket_Missile_forces.pdf
  4. ^ "Defense & Security Intelligence & Analysis: IHS Jane's | IHS". Articles.janes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2013-09-03.
  5. ^ https://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2016/08/analysis-irgc-implicated-in-arming-yemeni-houthis-with-missiles.php

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