Iran unveiled on Sunday new hypersonic missile, a potential boost to Iran’s military capabilities amid the Israel-Hamas war.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force unveiled the Fattah 2 at Ashura Aerospace Science and Technology University during a visit by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Iran unveiled its first Fattah hypersonic missile in June, claiming it could hit targets at a distance of 1,400 kilometers (870 miles). The report did not specify how the Fattah 2 differs from the original Fattah, but said the Fattah 2 is in both the hypersonic glide vehicle and hypersonic cruise missile classes of weapons. The agency did not mention whether the Fattah 2 has been tested.
Hypersonic glide vehicles are launched from a rocket, like ballistic missiles, while hypersonic cruise missiles are powered by engines of their own. Hypersonic missiles travel at five times the speed of sound or more.