Qassam rocket

The Qassam rocket is a simple, steel artillery rocket developed and deployed by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas. Three models have been produced and used, with the first introduced in 2001.

More generally, all types of Palestinian rockets fired into southern Israel, for example the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Al Quds rockets, are called Qassams by the Israeli media, and often by foreign media.

Country Name Origin Year
Palestine 2001

Used by Palestinian militants
Wars Gaza–Israel conflict
Production history
Designer Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
Designed 2001
Manufacturer Palestinian militants
Produced 2001–current
Specifications
Weight Qassam 1: 35 kg; Qassam 2: 40 kg; Qassam 3: 50 kg; Qassam 4: 40–50 kg
Length Qassam 1: 180 cm; Qassam 2: 180 cm; Qassam 3: 220 cm; Qassam 4: 244 cm
Diameter Qassam 1: 11.5 cm; Qassam 2: 11.5 cm; Qassam 3: 11.5 cm; Qassam 4: 11.5 cm
Warhead Explosive material with metal bearings; standard explosive material
Warhead weight Qassam 1: 5 kg; Qassam 2: 10 kg; Qassam 3: 20 kg; Qassam 4:~10 kg
Propellant Solid fuel (sugar and potassium nitrate mix)
Operational
range
Qassam 1: 5 km; Qassam 2: 12 km; Qassam 3: 16 km

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