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Iran unveils first hypersonic missile 'Fattah,' says no system can intercept it 

Boastfully adding to its already massive stockpile of long-range projectiles, Tehran appeared headed for a fresh collision course with Israel and its Western adversaries, which remain unnerved by Iran's missile program. 
Photo of Fattah hypersonic missile as it was unveiled on Iran's Press TV on June 6, 2023

TEHRAN — Iran unveiled on Tuesday what it described as its first domestically developed hypersonic missile, pressing ahead with the controversial program that it considers a vital deterrent factor against the United States, Israel and other adversaries.  

The missile, dubbed Fattah (Persian for "conqueror") was designed and developed by the Aerospace Department of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), state media reported.  

"We have gained deterrence," announced hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi during the televised unveiling ceremony in Tehran, adding that pressure from "the enemies" will not "push the missile program to the corner." 

Describing the missile as a strategic achievement, the IRGC-linked Tasnim News Agency said Fattah is equipped with a two-stage solid fuel engine and boasts a range of 1,400 kilometers (869 miles). The missile "has a top speed of over 9,000 miles per hour," the report added. 

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