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How significant is Iran's unveiling of latest hypersonic cruising missile?

Iran continues to voice support for Hamas in its war against Israel while boosting its own military capabilities.
A truck carries an Iranian Fattah hypersonic ballistic missile during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 22, 2023.

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. 

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