'400 seconds to Tel Aviv,' Israel warns about Iran's new missile

Iran's hypersonic "Fattah" missile has raised eyebrows among world leaders and military experts around the world, raising concerns about Iran's intentions.
Christopher McFadden
Image of the hypersonic missile.

IRNA News Agency/Twitter 

Following the astounding and largely unexpected news that Iran has allegedly developed a domestic hypersonic missile, many nations and figureheads have given their impressions on it. Unveiled on the 6th of June in Tehran in front of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and several high-ranking military officials, the missile, nicknamed "Fattah" (Conqueror" in Farsi), many are now concerned about how it may raise tensions in the region, especially with Israel.

While official statistics on the missile are a closely guarded secret, many sources claim that the missile is a precision-guided two-stage solid-fueled rocket with a range of 870 miles (1,400 km) at a speed of between Mach 13 to 15. The missile can also move in any direction within and outside the Earth's atmosphere, thanks to its movable nozzles. This, coupled with its impressive speed, would make it very difficult to intercept with any anti-missile systems currently in existence.

Iranian Brigadier General Hajizadeh has hailed this development as a major milestone in Iran's missile technology. A "great leap" indeed, but one that is not being received well by many other nations worldwide.

In response to the "Fattah" reveal, the U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions on a network of seven individuals and six entities located in Iran, China, and Hong Kong due to their connection with Iran's ballistic missile program. A U.S. National Security Council official John Kirby also recently expressed that the Biden administration is taking a strong stance against Iran's destabilizing activities in the region, including developing their ballistic missile program.

Other NATO members, like the United Kingdom, are also concerned. “Iran has announced the development of a new ballistic missile, despite repeated calls from the UN Security Council to halt its program. This, only weeks after Iran claimed to have successfully test-launched a ballistic missile of similar capability, further proves its continued disregard of international restrictions and the grave threat posed by the regime to global security," said a UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson.

“Alongside partners, the UK remains committed to taking every diplomatic step to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and to hold the regime to account for its malign activity around the world,” they added.

Israel's Minister of Military Affairs, Yoav Gallant, said, "I hear our enemies boasting about weapons they are developing. We have an even better response to any such development — whether it be on land, in the air, or the maritime arena, including both defensive and offensive means."

Whatever the truth behind the "Fattah" missile, Iran holds firm that the hypersonic missile has been developed for national defense only. However, the nation's ruling regime's historical belligerence makes such a statement questionable.

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