VIDEO: Iran presented a hypersonic missile, fifteen times faster than the speed of sound
Iran has unveiled a new hypersonic missile it claims can fly 15 times faster than the speed of sound. According to them, it can break through Israel's anti-aircraft defense, i.e. the Iron Dome.
The Fatah II hypersonic missile – which means "conqueror" in Persian – is an updated version of the original Fatah, which was announced in June with a range of 1.400 kilometers.
The main innovation of the missile is its ability to evade anti-aircraft defenses.
It can, Tehran claims, because it is equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle that detaches from the missile itself and can make sharp maneuvers to evade conventional missile defenses and travel at hypersonic speeds to the target.
There was no official response from the US or Israel to the development. The Pentagon has previously expressed skepticism about Iran's hypersonic claims.
However, Bradley Bowman, senior director of the Foundation for the Development of Democracy (FDD), said Iran's missile programs were "not just for show" and should not be dismissed outright.
"Tehran's claims of new capabilities should be taken with a grain of salt, but it would be a mistake to dismiss Iran's growing missile capabilities," he said.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran uses ballistic missiles to attack its neighbors and US troops, while transferring some missiles or related technologies to its terrorist proxies," he added. Iran is a major supplier of rockets and other weapons to terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, which both launched into Israel after the October 7 attacks.
Tehran is also a major backer of Yemen's Houthis and various insurgent and militant groups in Iraq whose attacks on US troops have been on the rise since the start of the Gaza war.
Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has previously said it intends to increase the range of its hypersonic missiles from the current maximum of 1.400 kilometers to 2.000 kilometers.
That would put the Islamic theocracy's regional enemy Israel within range of the Ayatollah's missiles.
"The move to develop a hypersonic glide vehicle should not be ignored," said Benam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at FDD.
"Iran has shown it has the capability and intent to develop a more lethal ballistic missile arsenal, with missiles it hopes will cause more headaches for US and allied missile defenses."
United Nations restrictions on Iran's nuclear ballistic missile development expired in October, although Tehran is believed to have ignored them for some time.
Iran first claimed to have developed a hypersonic missile in November 2022.