Iran reveals first hypersonic missile called Fattah boosting military capabilities

TEHRAN, June 6, 2023 – Iran has revealed its first domestically made hypersonic missile, named 'Fattah,' in a move that it claims will significantly strengthen its military prowess and undermine foreign missile defense systems.
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The hypersonic missile "Fattah", a recent accomplishment of Iran's IRGC and domestically developed, was revealed to the public on the morning of Tuesday, June 6, in a ceremony attended by President Ebrahim Raisi. (Picture source IRNA News Agency)

President Ebrahim Raisi and high-ranking officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) attended the unveiling ceremony, where images of the sleek, black missile were released by state media.

The missile reportedly boasts a maximum speed of Mach 15, or approximately 5,145 m per second (16,880 feet per second), and has a range of 1,400km (870 miles). Further, the Fattah missile utilizes solid propellants that allow for superior maneuverability, a key feature that makes it a formidable adversary to contemporary defense systems. The missile also possesses a unique moveable secondary nozzle, enhancing its adaptability in flight.

Hypersonic missiles, defined by their capacity to exceed five times the speed of sound, present a serious challenge to traditional defense systems and radars due to their extraordinary speed and maneuverability.

The development of the Fattah missile was first announced last November by the chief of the IRGC's aerospace division, Amir Ali Hajizadeh. The announcement coincided with an event commemorating the anniversary of the death of Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, often credited as the father of Iranian missile technology.

Hajizadeh, in his address on Tuesday, emphasized the missile's advanced capability to maneuver within and outside the earth’s atmosphere, making it virtually impossible for any missile defense system to intercept.

"The Fattah cannot be destroyed by any other missile due to how it moves in different directions and at different altitudes," he said. Labeled a "generational leap" for Iranian missile technology, the Fattah hypersonic missile has the potential to significantly shift the power dynamics in the region.