Following the analysis of VHR Satellite Imageries dated May 14th, 2021, the following infographic shows the spatial distribution of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) strikes on Hamas targets in the Central Gaza Strip. More than 70 impacts were validated.

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4 new structures surrounded by high earth berms for blast deflection are currently in construction in Parchin Complex - Plan 6.

Parchin complex is involved in R&D, production of chemical weapons, laser technology for Uranium Enrichment, as well as high-explosive testing for nuclear weapons.

This comes after the completion of the nearby extension in November 2020, comprising a dozen new buildings surrounded by High and Thick concrete blast walls. This extensive construction activity since 2018 is probably related to Iran Ballistic Missile Program, however, it cannot be ruled out that a part of it could be contributing to other activities restricted or monitored by the JCPOA.

Parchin Military Complex - March 4th 2021, Imagery courtesy Maxar Technologies via Google Earth

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Updated: Apr 4

The site is located near Khomeyni Shahr, 28 kilometers North West of Isfahan City Center, Iran.

Construction began circa 2005 with the excavation of two tunnels inside the mountains, 400 meters below crest level.

Possible Missile Base in Contruction at Khomeyni Shahr
Above: 0.5m resolution "Spot" Image of the construction site © 2021 Capella Space. All Rights Reserved

It is only by 2008-2009 that ventilation shafts appeared indicating that the site needs fresh air circulation beyond the temporary ventilation during the underground excavation works.

Analyzing the initial spoils it can be roughly estimated that a volume of 500,000 cubic meters was excavated for the two tunnels and underground facilities. It is not clear if those tunnels are interconnected and sharing one common underground facility.

By 2011, the area was further developed, three concrete batch plants started to operate on-site and two security perimeters added.

Between 2011 and 2019, no major excavation could be reported, however, arched formwork and concrete production were still in progress probably indicating that construction work took place underground.

Around August 2019, at each tunnel entrance, 10 meters high platforms with access ramps were built with fill and subbase. By the end of 2019, those elevated platforms were reinforced with rebars and concrete in their centroid points indicating the requirement to sustain high forces and loads.

Similar platforms at tunnel entrance or pads were revealed by The Intel Lab at Masjed Soleyman Airbase on January 16th, 2021. The same concept can be found at Sangnam-ni Missile Base in North Korea which is likely one of many contributions to the Iranian Ballistic Missile Program.

As for today, persistent intelligence using Very High-Resolution 0.5m SAR imagery from Capella Space indicates that works inside the mountains are still ongoing and the site is not operational yet.

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