Iran has developed a hypersonic missile capable of penetrating all defense systems, Gen. Amirali Hajizadeh, the commander of its Revolutionary Guards aerospace unit, claimed on Thursday.
Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly more than five times the speed of sound.
“This hypersonic ballistic missile was developed to counter air defense shields,” Iran’s Fars news agency quoted Hajizadeh as saying.
“It will be able to breach all the systems of anti-missile defense,” said the general, adding that he believed it would take decades before a system capable of intercepting it was developed.
“This missile, which targets enemy anti-missile systems, represents a great generational leap in the field of missiles,” he said.
The announcement comes after Iran admitted last Saturday that it had sent drones to Russia, but said it had done so before Moscow’s troops invaded Ukraine.
The Washington Post reported on October 16 that Iran was preparing to ship missiles to Russia, but Tehran rejected the report as “completely false.”
Unlike ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles fly on a trajectory low in the atmosphere, potentially reaching targets more quickly.
North Korea’s test of a hypersonic missile last year sparked concerns about a race to acquire the technology.
by: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter
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