Tel Aviv is less than 4 minutes away from Iran’s missile defense system
By Tehran Times
Iran has developed a hypersonic ballistic missile that can penetrate advanced air defense shields and hit precision targets, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said on Thursday. A new hypersonic missile capable of piercing Iran’s modern defense shields will be demonstrated soon.
“The missile has a high speed and can maneuver both in the Earth’s atmosphere and outside it,” Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the aerospace division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, told reporters.
“The new missile can go through all missile defense systems, and I don’t think the technology to intercept it will be available for decades to come. It can target the enemy’s anti-missile systems, and its production means a big generational leap in the development of a new family of missiles,” explained Brigadier General Hajizadeh.
A hypersonic missile can fly five times faster than sound (at a speed of 6200 km/s). According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, hypersonic missiles have the ability to follow complex trajectories that make them difficult to hit.
The new hypersonic missile, much more advanced than the Sejil missile, can reach Tel Aviv from the western regions of Iran in less than 4 minutes.
Information about the hypersonic missile was released on the sidelines of a ceremony dedicated to the memory of Tehrani Moghaddam, known as the father of Iran’s missile program. Tehrani Moghaddam was killed on November 14, 2011. He and 16 other people were victims of an explosion in a warehouse of the Sepah, about 40 km west of Tehran.
A new hypersonic missile was tested
Speaking to Tasnim news agency on Friday, Hajizade said that the hypersonic missile was tested. He also said that the missile will be demonstrated in the future. “In the future and in time, this hypersonic missile will be presented to the public,” Hajizade said.
Deep implications for the balance of power in the region and the world
This was stated by Marina Miron, a researcher at the Department of Defense Studies of the King’s College London Newsweek “The problem is that the United States is still fighting hypersonic missiles, and suddenly Iran has the first hypersonic missile – it changes the balance of power.”
“To intercept a hypersonic missile, special space satellites or a space sensor are required,” he said. “There is no defense against hypersonic missiles at this precise stage, so it increases the threat to countries at a distance. »
“This will seriously affect the balance of power not only in the Middle East, but in the world as a whole,” Ms. Miron added.
This was stated by the spokesman for the Middle East region of the US Department of Defense, Lt. Col. Rob Lodwick Fox News Digital That the Pentagon was “well aware” of this information but remained “suspicious”.
“As always, we will refrain from releasing intelligence reports and assessments on such sensitive matters,” he said. “We continue to closely monitor Iran’s development and proliferation of advanced missiles and related technologies. »
Speaking at the UN climate summit in Egypt, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, expressed concern about this statement. “We see that all these announcements add to the overall concern and focus on Iran’s nuclear program,” Grossi told AFP.
But he added that he does not see this as having “any relevance” to the talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
It is not clear why Mr. Grossi, whose agency’s sole mission is to oversee the peaceful use of nuclear technology, reacted to the announcement of the purely defensive hypersonic missile. Grossi’s statements reinforced the idea that he was politicizing the IAEA’s activities.
The announcement of the hypersonic ballistic missile by the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace came a few days after the launch of the Sayad B4 long-range missile production line and the unveiling of an updated version of the missile system. by the Ministry of Defense of Iran.
Speaking on November 6, Iranian Defense Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani said: “The Bavar-373 system was initially capable of destroying targets at a distance of 200 kilometers, but now the improved system is aimed at striking targets at very long distances, including ballistic missiles and fighter jets. . and bombers can destroy targets 300 kilometers away. »
Brigadier General Ashtiani pointed out that many technologically advanced countries want to have such a system and that it can hit and destroy six targets at the same time.
According to information, the radar detection range of the Bavar-373 system has increased from 350 kilometers to 450 kilometers. The report states that the target height of the missile has increased from 27 kilometers to 32 kilometers, and its range has increased from 200 kilometers to 300 kilometers.
The Bavar-373 can handle stealth aircraft such as the F-35 at long ranges.
Also, on November 5, the SEPAH Aerospace Forces successfully put the Qaem-100 satellite carrier into orbit. It uses a solid propellant engine and can carry 80 kg satellites into orbit at an altitude of 500 kilometers.
Iran’s military experts and technicians have made significant progress in recent years in the production of a wide variety of domestically produced weapons, which allows the armed forces to be fully self-sufficient in the military industry.armament.
November 13, 2022 – Tehran Times – Translation: Chronicle of Palestine