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Iran Unveils Fattah-2 Hypersonic Missile

Updated: Nov 25, 2023


Fattah-2 hypersonic missile unveiled

On November 19, Iran's IRGC unveiled the Fattah-2, a new hypersonic missile, enhancing their military technology. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attended the event at the Ashura Aerospace University. The Fattah-2, an advancement of the Fattah-1, is capable of hypersonic speeds over Mach 5 with a range of 1,500 km. This development, showcased alongside footage of the Fattah-1 launch and impact, underscores Iran's commitment to advancing its strategic missile capabilities.


Khamenei inspects the hypersonic missile

On November 19, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unveiled the Fattah-2, an advanced hypersonic missile developed domestically in Iran. This significant event occurred at an exhibition held by the IRGC Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) at the Ashura Aerospace University of Science & Technology, attended by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Fattah-2, built on its predecessor Fattah-1, features a ballistic missile motor and a re-entry vehicle (RV) with design elements resembling Boeing's X-51 Waverider. It includes larger fuel tanks and utilizes hydrazine fuel for its engine, which allows for acceleration outside Earth's atmosphere but relies on aerodynamic control surfaces for maneuvering within the atmosphere.



Fattah-1

The Fattah-2, equipped with a Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) warhead, can achieve hypersonic speeds over Mach 5, making it hard to intercept. It has a reported range of 1,500 km, slightly more than the Fattah's 1,400 km. The Fattah-1, previously showcased, is said to reach speeds of Mach 13 to 15 and includes a maneuverable reentry vehicle (MaRV), enhancing its target-evading capabilities. These developments represent a significant leap in Iran's missile technology, enhancing its strategic capabilities and defensive arsenal.


IRGC-affiliated news outlet Tasnim has released footage reportedly showcasing the test launch and impact strike of Iran's "Fattah-1" hypersonic missile. This footage further demonstrates Iran's progress in developing and testing advanced missile technology, indicating significant advancements in their military capabilities. The display of these hypersonic missiles, Fattah-1 and Fattah-2, underscores Iran's focus on enhancing its strategic defense systems.



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