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Iran is working on a hypersonic missile amid tensions with the United States


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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander said today, Saturday, that Iran is developing hypersonic cruise missiles capable of tracking satellites using ground-based radars.

Major General Hossein Salami said the IRGC has the know-how to track satellites with radars on the ground and target ships sailing thousands of miles away.

He said that cruise missiles are not as fast as supersonic missiles because their flight path follows a low-altitude path, so the Iranian Revolutionary Guard plans to develop hypersonic cruise missiles.

The Supreme Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard attacked the United States, accusing it of waging a military, strategic and economic war against Iran, stressing that the Iranian forces expanded their presence to the coasts of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

His comments came hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced it had developed a long-range cruise missile, in a move likely to inflame tensions with the West.

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Navy, told state television late on Friday that a cruise missile with a range of 1,650 km had been added to the country’s missile arsenal.

The state television also broadcasted a film showing that a missile called “Pave” hit a mock target.

“We are now able to target US aircraft carriers at a distance of 2,000 kilometers,” Hajizadeh noted, noting that they did not intend to kill “poor American soldiers” at a military base in Iraq in January 2020 in response to the killing of Iranian army commander Qassem Soleimani.

He told state television, God willing, we look forward to killing (Donald) Trump, (Mike) Pompeo, (General Kenneth) McKenzie and the military leaders who gave the order (to kill Soleimani).

Iranian officials have repeatedly vowed to avenge Soleimani’s death in a US airstrike, which has contributed to the tensions.

The rapid development of the country’s missile arsenal in recent years has also fueled tensions between Tehran and Western countries.

Earlier this month, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna called for a stronger “international response” to Iran’s missile proliferation in a phone call with her US counterpart, Anthony Blinken.

Iran insists that its missile program is non-negotiable and a means of deterrence.

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