An Iranian newspaper associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps published a threat in Hebrew on its front page, warning that a new hypersonic missile reportedly developed by Iran could reach Israel in 400 seconds.
The front of the Sobh-e-Sadegh newspaper read: “400 seconds: General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, said that Iran has obtained technology for hypersonic missiles”.
An article in the Iranian paper written by Hamza Pariyab, described as a “defense expert,” called the new missile a “game changer,” claiming it can avoid most modern-day missile defense systems.
Pariyab said that the missile could be used to take out a country’s defense systems and open the way for a mass launch of drones and missiles.
He also referenced a letter sent by Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam, the “father” of Iran’s missile program, to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei where he referenced the acquisition of a “quick response super-fast missile.”
Moghaddam was killed in November 2011 by an explosion that hit a missile base in Bidganeh, killing at least 17 members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard. The incident was blamed on Mossad by many.
At an event marking the anniversary of the explosion last week on Thursday, Hajizadeh announced that Iran had managed to develop an advanced hypersonic ballistic missile that can enter space and target missile defense systems.
Hypersonic missiles can fly at least five times faster than the speed of sound and on a complex trajectory, which makes them difficult to intercept. They travel at a speed of Mach 5 or greater. However, there have been no reports of such a missile being tested by Iran.
While Iran has developed a large domestic arms industry in the face of international sanctions and embargoes, Western military analysts say Iran sometimes exaggerates its weapons capabilities.