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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.


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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