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Iran may increase range of first hypersonic missile to 2,000km: IRGC general

Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division, addresses the unveiling ceremony of the Iranian homegrown “Fattah” hypersonic missile, in Tehran, on June 6, 2023. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)

A top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran may increase the range of its first hypersonic missile, named Fattah, to 2,000 kilometers in the future.

Speaking during a ceremony at University of Mazandaran on Wednesday, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division, said the next version of the missile may have a range of 2000 kilometers, compared to its current range of 1,400 kilometers.

Fattah was put on display earlier this month as a historic achievement for the Iranian Armed Forces in strengthening the country’s defense might. 

The missile can travel at a speed of up to Mach 15, which is 15 times the speed of sound. It is also able to penetrate all air defense systems and detonate them due to its high maneuverability and speed.

Also in his remarks, Hajizadeh hailed Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi’s attendance at Fattah’s unveiling ceremony.

He further said that despite sanctions and pressures, Iran has managed to achieve “all sophisticated technologies in the field of defense industry” by relying on domestic capabilities and the revolutionary youth.

“We should not look toward abroad for progress within the country. Power grows in the IRGC on a daily basis. We must follow up Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s call for becoming stronger day by day,” the IRGC commander asserted.

“For this reason, we will definitely have good news for our beloved people in the field of missiles, and we will promptly announce our achievements.”

Iranian military experts and engineers have in recent years made remarkable breakthroughs in manufacturing a broad range of indigenous equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient.

Iranian officials have made clear that the country will not hesitate to strengthen its military capabilities, including its missile power, which are entirely meant for defense.

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