Iran has built a hypersonic ballistic missile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted the aerospace commander of the Revolutionary Guards as saying.
Iran has built a hypersonic ballistic missile, the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted the Revolutionary Guards aerospace commander as saying in comments that would heighten concerns about Iran’s missile capabilities.
“This missile has a high speed and can maneuver in and out of the atmosphere. It will target the enemy’s advanced anti-missile systems and is a major generational leap in missiles,” said Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
Hypersonic missiles can fly at least five times faster than the speed of sound and on a complex trajectory, making them difficult to intercept.
However, there are 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.
However, concerns over Iran’s ballistic missiles contributed to a 2018 US decision under then-President Donald Trump to withdraw from the nuclear pact Tehran signed with world powers in 2015.
Last week, Iran said it was testing the Ghaem 100, its first three-stage space launch vehicle, which would be able to launch satellites weighing 80 kg (180 pounds) into orbit 500 km (300 miles) from Earth’s surface. place. state media.
The United States has called such actions “destabilizing” as it believes space launch vehicles could be used to carry a nuclear warhead.
Iran denies developing a nuclear weapon.