Iran claims to develop hypersonic ballistic missile

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Iran has announced that it has developed an advanced hypersonic ballistic missile that has the capacity to target advanced air defence systems.

Commander of Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Unit General Amirali Hajizadeh while speaking at a ceremony on the 11th death anniversary of Hassan Moqaddam aka the father of the Iran missile program, confirmed the news.

Commander stated that this hypersonic ballistic missile was developed to counter air-defence shields.

As per media reports, hypersonic missiles can travel five times faster than the speed of sound, just as conventional ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Commander Hajizadeh stated, “This missile has a high speed and can manoeuvre in and out of the atmosphere. It will target the enemy’s advanced anti-missile systems and is a big generational leap in the field of missiles.”

Despite having a long-running missile program this is the first time Iran announced the creation of a hypersonic ballistic missile.

The US and its partners had often expressed their concerns over Iran’s missile capabilities.

Earlier in March, the US applied sanctions targeting Iran’s Ballistic missile program after a missile strike in Erbil, Iraq.

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