Tehran, 7 June, 2023 (GNP): Iran launched its first hypersonic ballistic missile on Tuesday. The missile is capable of moving at a speed of 15 times the speed of sound, according to the officials.
Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard’s aerospace force, claimed that the missile has a range of up to 1,400 km and is known as Fattah, which means ‘Conqueror’ in Farsi.
According to the media reports Iran has also asserted that the missile could evade any regional missile defense system, although no supporting information was provided.
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Hypersonic missiles, which fly at speeds more than Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, could provide significant challenges for missile defense systems due to their speed and mobility.
In November, Hajizadeh initially asserted that Iran had developed a hypersonic missile, without providing any supporting evidence.
This assertion was made during the widespread demonstrations that took place after Mahsa Amini, 22, died in September after being detained by the nation’s morality police.
However, Iranian authorities have not released any video of Fattah successfully launching and striking a target. Later, Hajizadeh claimed that the missile’s engine had undergone a ground test.
Israel and Western nations have expressed worry about Iran’s missile technology, which they claim may be used to transport nuclear bombs. Tehran, though, has declared that it is not working on any such plans.
Moreover, Israel has also recently raised the potential of military action against Tehran as negotiations by six international powers to revive Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal have failed.
Nevertheless, The Islamic Republic has declared that it will continue to advance its defense missile programme despite criticism from Israel and Western nations.