The Times newspaper published a report by the Middle East correspondent, Richard Spencer, entitled “Iran claims to have produced hypersonic missiles that can penetrate Israeli defenses”.
Spencer says that the Iranian statements that revealed this move represent more of a challenge to the West, an escalation of its threats against Israel, and a pouring of oil on the fire, as it puts more military pressure on Israel.
He adds that the Iranian army leaders consider Israel the main enemy, and they constantly promise to develop more medium-range missiles and hypersonic missiles, with a speed of at least 5 times the speed of sound.
According to the journalist, the leaders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard believe in the ability of these missiles to penetrate Iron Dome, which is the Israeli air defense system, the initial version of which repelled primitive missiles fired by the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas from the Gaza Strip.
And Spencer quotes the commander of the Air Force in the Revolutionary Guards, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying during the ceremony announcing the new missiles, in the presence of the Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, that “the high-precision missiles, of the Fatah model, have a range of 1,400 kilometers and have the ability to penetrate all Air Defense systems”.
Spencer goes on to say that, military analysts, on state television channels in Iran, have confirmed that the new missiles can defeat both US and Israeli air defense systems, and can reach a speed of Mach 15, ie 15 times the speed of sound, as they put it.
According to the report, Iran usually announces the development of new missile systems, as it relies on missile capabilities, mainly, in its defensive and offensive sides, and the mullahs’ regime had inherited American and Soviet-made missile systems from the Shah’s era before he was overthrown by a massive popular revolution in 1979.
The report concludes by saying that Iran announced two weeks ago the Khorramshahr-4 missile system, which has a range of up to 2,000 kilometers, and can threaten Israeli territory, which could also fall within the range of recent missiles if they were launched from western Iran, if the allegations about its capabilities are true and correct.