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Iran reveals home-made hypersonic ballistic missile

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The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) showcased what they say is a domestically developed hypersonic missile, named Fattah.

During the unveiling in Tehran on June 6, which was attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and high-ranking commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), state media released images revealing the domestically produced missile.

Photos appeared to show a missile with a maneuverable reentry vehicle (MARV) warhead equipped with a sustainer motor.

According to reports, Fattah can reach a top speed of Mach 15 (equivalent to 5,145 meters or 16,880 feet per second) and has a range of 1,400km (approximately 870 miles).

Accordingly, the missile possesses a high level of maneuverability in all directions, which is achieved through the utilization of solid propellants and a moveable secondary nozzle.

The mission of Fattah, which translates to “Conqueror,” is to “conduct maneuvers in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere to overcome enemy’s various air defense systems,” states the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force, announced in late May that “Iran’s forthcoming hypersonic missile will herald the introduction of a new era of missile technology in the country”.

“Due to having great tactical capabilities, Fattah can fly at very high speeds and perform various maneuvers in and out of earth’s atmosphere,” stated IRNA.

“The missile that was unveiled today is unique in the world,” the Commander of IRGC Aerospace Force said as IRNA reports.

Reportedly, he also noted that Russia, China, North Korea, and the US as the countries that have already mastered the technology to manufacture hypersonic missiles.