Iran has announced that it has developed a hypersonic missile named Fattah, which can travel at 15 times the speed of sound and has a range of 1,400 kilometers.
The missile, which was unveiled at a ceremony attended by President Ebrahim Raisi and Revolutionary Guards commanders, is said to be able to penetrate any regional missile defense system, including Israel’s Iron Dome.
Iran’s state media reported that the missile’s top speed reached mach 14 levels, which is nearly seven times faster than the speed of sound.
Iran’s hypersonic missile development comes amid heightened tensions with the US over its nuclear program, which has been stalled since former President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Iran has insisted that its missile program is purely defensive and not linked to its nuclear activities.
However, Israel and some Western countries have expressed concern that Iran’s ballistic missiles could pose a threat to regional and global security, and have urged Iran to curb its missile ambitions.