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IRGC acquires know-how to diversify military systems in various areas: Chief cmdr.

Iranian homegrown “Fattah” hypersonic missile is unveiled in Tehran, on June 6, 2023. (Photo by Fars news agency)

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has lauded the country’s remarkable progress in defense missile industry, saying the elite force has acquired the know-how to diversify military systems in various sectors.

Major General Hossein Salami made the remarks on Tuesday on the sidelines of the unveiling ceremony of “Fattah” hypersonic missile manufactured by the IRGC’s Aerospace Force.

Salami underlined that Iran’s leaps and advances in the defense sector, including the missile and drone industries, have been made with the use of advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and technical capabilities in manufacturing sensitive and high-tech components.

“We have acquired the knowledge and technology of diversifying various types of systems ... in different sectors, including the Fattah missile, which is a hypersonic maneuverable missile that can easily change its plan of movement in space and pass through the anti-missile systems,” the IRGC’s chief commander said.

“Such technology is very up-to-date and advanced and unknown to the modern world and to most countries” but our country’s committed experts have achieved it, Salami added.

The Fattah (Conqueror) hypersonic missile was unveiled at a ceremony in Tehran on Tuesday in the presence of Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi, General Salami and Commander of the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as well as a number of Iran's high-ranking military officials.

The hypersonic missile has a range of 1,400 kilometers, hits speeds of 13-15 Mach and can breach and destroy all anti-missile shields. The precision-guided missile also features excellent maneuverability and stealth ability to pass through radar systems.

With a solid fuel propulsion system and a second-stage movable nozzle, the missile has the ability to reach very high speeds and perform various maneuvers in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere in order to overcome all types of air defense systems.

Back in November, the IRGC announced that it had developed a cutting-edge hypersonic ballistic missile capable of penetrating advanced missile interception systems and hit the targets.

The elite force declared that the ballistic missile, manufactured by Iranian experts, is very fast and able to maneuver both in the space and outer space, with military officials describing the development of the ballistic missile as a "great leap in the field of missiles."

Last month, Iran successfully test-launched its most advanced Khorramshahr-class ballistic missile, called Kheibar, a medium-range precision-guided missile that can carry a 1,500 kg warhead.

Despite being under sanctions for decades, Iran has become self-sufficient in designing and manufacturing different types of military equipment, including missiles. 

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