Iran unveils first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled on Tuesday the country’s first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, who attended the unveiling ceremony, said the country has boosted its deterrence power and will contribute more to the security and peace in the region.
Chief Commander of the IRGC Major General Hossein Salami, and the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh were also at the ceremony.
The hypersonic missile has a range of 1,400 kilometers, hits speeds of Mach 13-15 and can breach and destroy all anti-missile shields.
The precision-guided missile also features excellent maneuverability and stealth ability to pass through radar systems.
With a solid fuel propulsion system and a second-stage mobile nozzle, the missile has the ability to reach very high speeds and perform various maneuvers in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere in order to overcome all types of air defense systems.
Hajizadeh said Iran is now among only four countries that have the technology to manufacture hypersonic missiles.
The United States, Russia, China and North Korea are believed to be the only countries to have successfully tested hypersonic missiles.
Hypersonic missiles move at five times the speed of sound or greater and
are manoeuvrable, making them difficult for defence systems and radars