Have developed hypersonic missile capable of penetrating all defense systems: Iran

An Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon. [Photo: Wikimedia]

Iran has developed a hypersonic missile capable of penetrating all defense systems, General Amirali Hajizadeh, international media reported quoting the revolutionary guards aerospace unit.

“This missile has a high speed and can manoeuvre in and out of the atmosphere. It will target the enemy’s advanced anti-missile systems and is a big generational leap in the field of missiles,” Tehran-based semi-official news agency Tasnim quoted commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh as saying.

Hypersonic missiles can fly at least five times faster than the speed of sound and on a complex trajectory, which makes them difficult to intercept.

However, there have been no reports of such a missile being tested by Iran and, while the Islamic Republic has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international sanctions and embargoes, Western military analysts say Iran sometimes exaggerates its weapons capabilities, Reuters reported.

Concerns about Iran’s ballistic missiles did however contribute to a US decision in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump to pull out of the nuclear pact that Tehran signed with world powers in 2015.

Earlier, Iran said it tested the Ghaem 100, its first three-stage space launch vehicle, which would be able to place satellites weighing 80 kg (180 pounds) in an orbit 500 km (300 miles) from the earth’s surface, according to state media.


The United States has called such actions “destabilising” as it believes space launch vehicles could be used to transport a nuclear warhead, the Reuters report said.


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