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Iran claims to develop technology for supersonic cruise missile

The announcement comes amid military tensions between Iran and the United States.

Iran announced on Wednesday that it has achieved the ability to produce supersonic cruise missiles, a potentially significant military achievement at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Iranian military scientists said they gained the “technical know-how” to manufacture cruise missiles that can travel at supersonic speeds and that the homegrown missile is currently in the testing stage. The development will “open a new chapter in Iran’s defense technologies,” the semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported.

Tasnim is affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

What it means: Cruise missiles are powered by jet engines, in contrast with ballistic missiles, which are fired from rockets but then fly unpowered through the air. Supersonic missiles are capable of traveling at one to five times the speed of sound.

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