Iranian Sejjil ballistic missile launched in Great Prophet 17 drills on 24 December 2021.

Tehran (IP) - A high-ranking commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the country has developed hypersonic ballistic missiles, capable of penetrating advanced air defense shields.

Iran PressCommentary: Iran has shown its domestic capabilities in developing advanced ballistic missiles several times, which have yielded promising results in practice.

Iran's precision-guided missile attack on the US Ain al-Assad airbase in Iraq back in 2020 is proof of the advancement in its missile capabilities, which has made US military officials admit Tehran's high power in missile technology.

Last year, the IRGC showcased its power in ballistic missiles in its massive joint military exercises, dubbed Great Prophet 17.

On the sidelines of the drills, the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh highlighted the comprehensive 360-degree attack and maneuverability of ballistic missiles and said that directing ballistic missiles and making them maneuverable was a feature developed by the Iranian specialists. 

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Iran develops hypersonic missiles

General Hajizadeh announced on Thursday that Iran has developed a homegrown hypersonic ballistic missile that is capable of penetrating sophisticated aerial defense shields and striking designated targets.

“The missile has a high velocity and can maneuver both in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere,” the commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Division, told reporters.

“The new missile can pass through all missile defense systems, and I don't think that the technology capable of countering it will be achieved in the decades to come. It can target the enemy's anti-missile systems, and its production marks a huge leap in the development of a new generation of missiles,” Hajizadeh added.

Hypersonic weapons technology is at the heart of a new arms race between the US, China, and Russia, which are all competing to develop the most effective long-range hypersonic missiles.

According to a recent report, North Korea also successfully tested a hypersonic missile on January 5, 2022, the country's second reported test of a hypersonic missile.

These countries are showing great interest in developing hypersonic missile technology because the advanced weapon systems are capable of long-distance attacks without being detected by defense systems such as radar and missile shields. Moreover, hypersonic missiles can travel at a speed of more than 3,850 miles per hour.

Now that Iran possesses hypersonic missile technology, it will be a game-changer that puts the country alongside the US, China, and Russia.

The new technology will stun all countries around the world, a new element of strong deterrence that will further cement its defensive power in a region that has experienced all kinds of wars and invasions.

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Threats against Iran

Iran's announcement of developing hypersonic missile technology seems to be in response to the latest threat by the Israeli regime to attack Iran's nuclear sites.

Israeli officials have increased threats against Iran in recent years.

On various occasions, the regime in Tel Aviv has also threatened to attack Iran, with the minister of military affairs, Benny Gantz, telling American officials that he had directed the regime's military to prepare for the possibility of a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.

In the latest development, outgoing minister Gantz said he expects Benjamin Netanyahu to be “levelheaded” about potentially launching strikes against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

Speaking to military reporters Tuesday before he is set to be replaced in the coming weeks, Gantz said he thinks Netanyahu “will be levelheaded in this regard.”

Iran's ballistic missile systems, supplemented by cruise missiles and UAVs, and now the hypersonic missile technology, are intended for deterrence but can be used for battle, complimented by asymmetric warfare tactics.

Iran's defensive doctrine is based on what doctors say; just as prevention is better than cure, deterrence comes before the defense.

By Mojtaba Darabi


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