Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled the new Fattah II hypersonic missile and Gaza drones in the presence of Leader of the Ayatollahs Ali Khamenei

Iran unveils new Fattah II hypersonic missile

Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - El Líder Supremo de Irán, el ayatolá Ali Jamenei, observa un avión no tripulado iraní durante su visita a la exposición de logros de la Fuerza Aeroespacial del CGRI en Teherán, Irán, 19 de noviembre de 2023
photo_camera Iranian Supreme Leader's Office WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei looks at an Iranian drone during his visit to the CGRI Aerospace Force achievements exhibition in Tehran, Iran, November 19, 2023

In the midst of an open war with Israel, Iran presents and flaunts before its supreme leader the new weapons with the idea of showing a great part of its military power before the main Israeli ally, the United States. 

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled the second version of its hypersonic missile, the Fatah II, at an aerospace exhibition attended by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Sunday. 

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled the Fattah II, the second version of its hypersonic missile, at the Tehran Aerospace Exhibition on Sunday. According to the Iranian government's semi-official Mehr news agency, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has unveiled a hypersonic missile. 

Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - El Líder Supremo de Irán, Ayatolá Ali Jamenei, visita la exhibición de logros de la Fuerza Aeroespacial del IRGC en Teherán, Irán, 19 de noviembre de 2023
Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visits the IRGC Aerospace Force achievements exhibition in Tehran, Iran, 19 November 2023

Hypersonic weapons travel at five times the speed of sound and pose significant challenges to missile defence systems. Their speed and manoeuvrability make them more difficult to intercept than ballistic missiles. The Fattah II is a hypersonic (supersonic) glide-capable missile that is part of the hypersonic weapons range. 

Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - El Líder Supremo de Irán, el ayatolá Ali Jamenei, observa durante una reunión en la exhibición de logros de la Fuerza Aeroespacial del IRGC en Teherán, Irán, el 19 de noviembre de 2023
Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - ran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei looks on during a meeting at the IRGC Aerospace Force achievements exhibition in Tehran, Iran, November 19, 2023

Local media reported that the Fattah, a two-stage missile, has a range of 1,400 kilometres and a maximum speed of Mach 13 (about 16,000 kilometres per hour). Notably, as detailed in the Tasnim report, Fattah is armed with a spherical solid-fuel engine with adjustable nozzles that allows for variable manoeuvrability in and around the Earth's atmosphere. 

Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - El Líder Supremo de Irán, el ayatolá Ali Jamenei, habla durante una reunión en la exposición de logros de la Fuerza Aeroespacial del IRGC en Teherán, Irán, 19 de noviembre de 2023
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting at the IRGC Aerospace Force achievements exhibition in Tehran, Iran, November 19, 2023

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also attended the event and unveiled several new drones, including one for the Gaza Strip. In a speech to SDF commanders who accompanied him on the trip, Khamenei praised the achievements of Iran's young army. Khamenei said: "Our young men have done great things in every scene they entered with energy and faith, and the traces of perseverance and faith were clearly revealed in this exhibition". 

Fattah II strengthens HGV-class hypersonic weapons capabilities and demonstrates Iran's technological advances in this field. This new missile puts the Islamic Republic in a select group of countries (only four in the world: the United States, Russia, China and India) capable of mastering the development and production of advanced hypersonic weapons. 

Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - El Líder Supremo de Irán, el ayatolá Ali Jamenei, observa un misil iraní durante la exhibición de logros de la Fuerza Aeroespacial del CGRI en Teherán, Irán, 19 de noviembre de 2023
Oficina del Líder Supremo iraní WANA (Agencia de Noticias de Asia Occidental) vía REUTERS - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei looks at an Iranian missile during the IRGC Aerospace Force achievements exhibition in Tehran, Iran, November 19, 2023

Iran blocks IAEA nuclear inspectors 

Tensions are rising. The standoff between Iran and Western powers is growing as Iran expels many of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors overseeing the country's nuclear energy programme. 

PHOTO/ARCHIVO - Rafael Grossi, director general de la Organismo Internacional de Energía Atómica (OIEA)
PHOTO/ARCHIVO - Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

This underlines the urgent need for mass protests against Israel's war in Gaza to counter the military escalation against the ayatollahs' regime. There is speculation that the US attack on Iran and the war in the Gaza Strip could spread throughout the Middle East. 

"Iran's position is not only unprecedented, but also contradictory to the necessary cooperation," IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi also pointed to the stockpiles of highly enriched uranium that Iran has accumulated since 2018, when then US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned the 2015 UN (United Nations) backed Iran nuclear deal and imposed devastating economic sanctions on Iran. 

REUTERS/DADO RUVIC - El intercambio de prisioneros entre Irán y Estados Unidos, algo cada vez más posible para formalizar el acuerdo nuclear
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Washington has used its control of the global financial system to threaten its European allies and much of the world to impose these sanctions, which themselves constitute an act of war. 

IAEA officials discovered in September that Iran possessed 128.3 kilograms of 60% enriched uranium. Transforming enriched uranium into 90% enriched weapons-grade uranium and using it to make a nuclear bomb is a relatively simple technological task. The IAEA said Iran has 60% enriched uranium, enough to produce three nuclear bombs in a matter of weeks when enriched to 90%. 

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