Iran has recently unveiled its first-ever hypersonic missile, Fattah. Which it says can penetrate missile Defence systems and will give it a military edge.
About Fattah Missile:
- Iran developed an intermediate range ballistic missile.
- It can travel at hypersonic speeds of up to 15 times. The speed of sound and can penetrate missile Defence system.
- It has a range of 1,400 kilometres and uses solid propellants, allowing high manoeuvrability.
- This missile has the capability to utilize various warheads for different missions.
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What are Hypersonic Missiles?
- Hypersonic missiles travel at speeds of at least Mach 5 — five times the speed of sound and can manoeuvre mid-flight, making them harder to track and intercept.
- Hypersonic missiles possess a unique advantage over conventional ballistic missiles as they fly at low altitudes within the Earth’s atmosphere. This trajectory enables them to rapidly approach their targets and significantly decreases the probability of interception by modern air defense systems.
On 10 November 2022, during the 11th anniversary of the death of Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, known as the “father of Iranian missiles”, Iran announced it has built an advanced hypersonic ballistic missile calling it a “major generational leap”. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, IRGC-ASF commander, said the missile has a high velocity and can maneuver below and above the Earth’s atmosphere.
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He stated, “It can breach all the systems of anti-missile Defense,” and further added his belief that it would take decades before a system capable of intercepting it is developed.
He also said not only it can breach the most advanced and significant missile defense systems (in the world), but it can also target them.
The next day, he announced that they had conducted the tests and would unveil the missile at an appropriate time.
The unveiling ceremony occurred on 6 June 2023.
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