Iran unveils its first hypersonic missile “Fatah”

In November, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned that it was developing a new hypersonic missile that could hit Israel in just 400 seconds.

Iranian official media revealed that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, on Tuesday morning, unveiled the “Fatah” missile, the country’s first hypersonic missile.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami and other high-ranking officials.

According to Iranian media, the Fattah hypersonic missile has a range of 1,400 km and a speed of Mach 13-15. Reports claimed that the missile is capable of bypassing and destroying air defense systems.

Fattah features a movable secondary nozzle and uses solid fuel, which allows it to reach high speeds and “perform various maneuvers inside and outside the Earth’s atmosphere,” according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

Iran claims that the missile can hit Israel in 400 seconds

In November, Gen. Amir Ali Hajzadeh, commander of the IRGC Air Force, claimed that Iran had developed a new hypersonic missile that could reach Israel within 400 seconds.

At the time, the Iranian newspaper Subh Sadeq published a threat in Hebrew on its front page, which read, “400 seconds: General Amir Ali Hajzadeh, commander of the Air Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said Iran has acquired hypersonic missile technology.”

In November 2011, Moghaddam was killed in an explosion that hit a missile base in Badana, killing at least 17 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. While the explosion was initially reported as an accident, Western media, including The Guardian and Time magazine, reported that the incident was blamed on the Mossad.

At an event in November last year marking the anniversary of the explosion, Hajizadeh said that Iran had managed to develop an advanced hypersonic ballistic missile that could enter space and target missile defense systems.

He said at the time: “This system has a very high speed and has the ability to maneuver in and out of the atmosphere. Both defense systems that defend within the atmosphere and the expensive systems that handle missiles outside the atmosphere — this new missile of the Islamic Republic of Iran will pass them all, and I don’t think technology will be found that can handle them for decades to come.”

What is a hypersonic missile?

Hypersonic missiles fly at Mach 5 or more. While ICBMs can reach this speed, they travel in a predictable arc, making them easier to counter. In contrast, hypersonic missiles are highly maneuverable, giving them the ability to evade defense systems and evade radar.

The United States, Russia, China, and North Korea have successfully tested hypersonic missiles, though exact details about these weapons are still somewhat scarce.

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Iran unveils its first hypersonic ballistic missile "Fatah"

Iran unveils its first hypersonic ballistic missile “Fatah”