Iranian Fattah missile a challenge to Israeli anti-air systems: Media
After Iran unveiled its Fattah hypersonic missile, the Israeli occupation is highly concerned about the challenges posed by the missile to its anti-air missile systems.
Israeli experts who have gone over the footage and photos of the Fattah hypersonic missile unveiled by Iran raises more questions than answers regarding Iran's military capabilities, the Israeli Zaman newspaper reported.
The questions are regarding the missile's ability to strike the Israeli occupation within 400 seconds and bypass the most sophisticated anti-missile systems. "The new missile (Fattah) is a cause for concern."
Iran is the state with the biggest ballistic missile arsenal in the Middle East, the Israeli news outlet said.
🔴🇮🇷 More pictures of the Iranian-made #Fatah Hypersonic missile, which was revealed by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps #IRGC this morning.#Iran #IRGC #موشک_هایپرسونیک_فتاح https://t.co/FfgVAL3TZl pic.twitter.com/xbX6HzuspK— Haidar Akarar (@HaidarAkarar) June 6, 2023
Missile expert Tal Inbar, who was formerly the head of the Fisher Institute for Aeronautics and Space Research and is now a senior member of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, said, "This missile certainly can challenge Israel's interception systems."
"This missile has an engine at the top of the missile itself," Inbar said adding that "this is an original Iranian innovation that has not been seen so far in any other missile in the world, neither in Russia, nor in China, nor in North Korea, countries with which Iran has ties."
Fattah was revealed Tuesday by the Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), Major General Hossein Salami.
Israeli media touched on the matter, with Israeli Channel 12 military affairs commentator Nir Dvori saying, "The problem is if this missile goes through the atmosphere layer."
"I will try to describe this to you. Have you tried in your life to throw a stone in water? This missile makes a similar leap in the atmosphere, and this leap is difficult to know, observe, and intercept," he said.
Fattah, whose name was chosen by Iranian leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei, has a 1,400 km range and is characterized by a very high speed and the ability to maneuver against air defenses.
This comes a week after the IRGC announced that it will launch a new hypersonic missile after meeting all the necessary testing requirements.
According to previous statements, the missile can fly at speeds ranging between 12-15 Mach and can target enemy air defense batteries.
At the time, the IRGC described the production of the projectile as a “huge leap” in Iran’s missile industry.
Earlier on May 25, Iran unveiled its latest ballistic missile, named "Khorramshahr-4 long-range strategic missile."
The self-guided missile is one of the most sophisticated weapons developed by scientists at the Defense Ministry's Aerospace Organization, with a range of 2,000 km and a 1,500 kg high-explosive payload.
Khorramshahr-4 is fitted with a complex liquid fuel engine, which is integrated into the missile's fuel tank reducing its height to nearly 13 meters.