Iran unveiled its first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile on Tuesday, according to Iranian officials, as reported by IRNA news agency. The move would possibly alarm Western nations regarding Iran’s missile capabilities.
Iran’s President Ebrahim Rahisi along with the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps attended the ceremony showcasing Fattah missile.
The Iranian state media states head of the Guards’ aerospace force Amirali Hajizadeh as saying, “The precision-guided Fattah hypersonic missile has a range of 1,400 km and it is capable of penetrating all defence shields.”
With the ability to move in the air five times speedily than the speed of sound and that too on a difficult trajectory, hypersonic missiles can be difficult to obstructed. In 2022, the Gulf nation had claimed that it had constructed a hypersonic ballistic missile which has the ability to move in and out of the atmosphere.
According to State TV, Iran’s Fattah missile can target “the enemy’s advanced anti-missile systems and is a big generational leap in the field of missiles. It can bypass the most advanced anti-ballistic missile systems of the United States and the Zionist regime, including Israel’s Iron Dome.” It also said that the missile’s highest speed reached mach 14 levels (15,000km/h), it added.
Iran has been adamant on developing its missile system even after facing major opposition from U.S. and European nations. The Western side has called Iran’s missile abilities as being exaggeration sometimes. US’ concerns regarding Iran’s ballistic missiles programme were heightened to such level that former US President Donald Trump decided to drop Iran’s 2015 nuclear pact with six nations in 2018.