Iran presents its first 'hypersonic ballistic missile': state media

Iran presents its first 'hypersonic ballistic missile': state media
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Iran has presented a new 'hypersonic' ballistic missile at a ceremony attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and Revolutionary Guard commanders.
Iran has developed a number of medium range and long range ballistic missiles [Getty archive image]

Iran presented what officials described as its first domestically-made hypersonic ballistic missile on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency reported, an announcement likely to heighten Western concerns about Tehran's missile capabilities.

Iranian state media published pictures of the missile named Fattah at a ceremony attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and commanders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.

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.

Last year, Tehran said it had built a hypersonic ballistic missile which can manoeuvre in and out of the atmosphere. State TV said Iran's Fattah missile can target "the enemy's advanced anti-missile systems and is a big generational leap in the field of missiles".


"It can bypass the most advanced anti-ballistic missile systems of the United States and the Zionist regime, including Israel's Iron Dome," Iran's state TV said.

Fattah's top speed reached mach 14 levels (15,000km/h), it added.

Despite US and European opposition, Iran has said it will further develop its defensive missile programme. However, Western military analysts say Tehran sometimes exaggerates its missile capabilities.

Concerns about Iran's ballistic missiles contributed to then-US President Donald Trump's decision in 2018 to ditch Tehran's 2015 nuclear pact with six major powers.

Indirect talks between Tehran and US President Joe Biden's administration to salvage the nuclear deal have stalled since last September.