Tehran — Iran has evolvedGeneral Amirali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace unit, is able to penetrate all defense systems, claimed Thursday.
Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons, can fly more than five times faster than sound.
“This hypersonic ballistic missile is designed to counter anti-aircraft shields,” Hajizadeh said, quoted by Iran’s Fars news agency. “It will be able to breach all systems of anti-missile defense.”
The general said he believed it would take decades to develop a system to intercept the missile, calling it “a giant generational leap in missiles”.
What is a hypersonic rocket?
In addition to much faster speeds, hypersonic missiles are also maneuverable, making them harder to track and defend than conventional missiles.
While countries like the United States have developed systems designed to defend against cruise missiles and ballistic missiles, the ability to detect and take down a hypersonic missile remains a question.
Unlike ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles fly on orbit low in the atmosphere, potentially reaching targets faster.
North Korea’ssparked concerns about a race to acquire the technology.
Russia is currently leading the race to develop the missiles,and the United States. Moscow even in Ukraine in what would have been the weapon type’s first use in combat, but the US never confirmed it was used.
Both Iran and Russia are the target of severe sanctions – Iran after the US unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers, andin February.
The two countries have responded to the sanctions by strengthening cooperation in key areas to keep their economies afloat.
Iran progresses amid diplomatic deadlock
The announcement of the alleged hypersonic missile came after Iran admitted on Saturday that it had…but said it had done this before the war in Ukraine.
The Washington Post reported on Oct. 16 that Iran was preparing to ship missiles to Russia, but Tehran dismissed the report as “completely false.”
The claim also came against a backdrop of:. The agreement reached with six major powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US – gave Iran sanctions relief in return for guarantees that it would not be able to develop a nuclear weapon.
Iran has always denied wanting a nuclear arsenal, but in July“the technical ability to build an atomic bomb.”
Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Thursday on the sidelines of Egypt’s COP27 climate summit to brush aside Iran’s claim and said Tehran’s announcements are heightening attention, concerns. and increase public attention for Iran’s nuclear program. .”
The nuclear deal collapsed after the unilateralunder then-President Donald Trump.
It also follows Iran’s Nov. 5 announcement of the successful test flight of a rocket capable of propelling satellites into space.
The United States has repeatedly expressed concern that such launches could boost Iran’s ballistic missile technology, including the possible delivery of nuclear warheads.
In March, the US government imposed sanctions on Iran’s missile-related activities in response to “Iraq, as well as missile strikes by Iranian proxies against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”
“These attacks are a reminder that Iran’s development and proliferation of ballistic missiles pose a serious threat to regional and international security,” the US administration said.