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Iran Has Built a Hypersonic Weapon that Can Fly Five Times the Speed of Sound, Tehran Claims

Iran claims to have developed a hypersonic missile that is unstoppable by all current anti-air defenses. General Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC's aerospace unit, said Thursday, November 10, that Tehran now possesses a ballistic missile that moves at 'high speed and can maneuver in and out of the atmosphere' - making it harder to shoot down.

General Hajizadeh said the missile is designed to target enemy anti-air systems and is a 'generational leap' forward in terms of Tehran's military technology.

Until now, only Russia was known to possess hypersonic technology. China is thought to have tested a similar weapon last year, while the US is also in testing. North Korea has shown off what appear to be hypersonic missiles at military parades, but it is unclear if the technology is functional. Iran had not publicly acknowledged working on such a weapon before now.

'This hypersonic ballistic missile was developed to counter air defense shields' Hajizadeh said, quoted by Iranian media. 'It will be able to breach all the systems of anti-missile defense' said the general, adding that he believed it would take decades before a system capable of intercepting it is developed.

'This missile, which targets enemy anti-missile systems, represents a great generational leap in the field of missiles.' (DM / VFI News)

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