Iran’s has announced the development of a new hypersonic ballistic missile “capable of penetrating all defense systems.”
“The missile has a high velocity and can maneuver both in and out of the Earth’s atmosphere,” Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards aerospace unit, told reporters on Thursday.
Hypersonic missiles, like traditional ballistic missiles which can deliver nuclear weapons, can fly more than five times the speed of sound. Unlike ballistic missiles, these missiles fly on a trajectory low in the atmosphere, potentially reaching targets more quickly.
“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 claimed.
The IRGC did not divulge any other details pertaining to the new missile.