What Is IRGC Unveiling Of Drones And Hypersonic Missiles Implying? + Video
ISWNews Analysis Group – Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh has unveiled missile and drone achievements of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including a hypersonic missile, which can cruise at the speed of over Mach 13.
The commander made the announcement in a televised program of Iran’s national TV network dubbed Saf-e Avval (First Line), informing the details of the state-of-the-art missile and drone weaponries manufactured by the Iranians, including Shahed-149 (Gaza) drone, Paveh cruise missile and hypersonic missile.
Brigadier General Hajizadeh said that “the US officials benefit from making the region insecure, as it can be said given the conflicts in last four decades (Iraq-Iran war, the US’s invasion of Iraq, Saudis’ attack on Yemen, the rise of Takfiri terrorist groups and the strikes on Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement) that our region is facing a security fault, because the root cause of Russia-Ukraine confrontation as well as China-Taiwan quarrel comes from the US. If we are not powerful, the enemy would bring the war into the Iranian territory; so, we should be watchful to maintain security of our country and nation, and if we ignore it, our country may face some challenges.”
He noted that the IRGC Aerospace intends to make the US war machine and capabilities incapable, noting that “the Americans enjoy some components of superiority, but we tried to hit the components and turn them into impracticable. Today, the US’s regional bases are under Iran’s supervision and they are easy targets; so, the bases have turned into the Americans’ weak points, and we can hit the bases whenever it is necessary.”
Touching on the IRGC Aerospace’s missile might, which is an indirect warning to the European countries, he noted that “we are now able to target the US aircraft carriers at a 2,000-kilometer distance. Of course, we kept the limit at the distance to respect the Europeans; so, we hope they respect their esteem.”
On the features of the Iranian hypersonic missile, he said that “the hypersonic missile is capable of maneuvering in outer space and moving in different directions; that means it has an engine, which can start 300, 400 and 500 meters far from a target and kick off maneuvering. The speed of the missile reaches at Mach 12-13 and its main advantage is that the foe’s missile defense system cannot hunt and destroy the hypersonic missile; thus, I’m sure the enemies cannot manufacture a defense system to overcome the Iran-made hypersonic missiles even until tens of years.”
Asked about the timing of unveiling the Iranian hypersonic missile, he replied “given the fact that the projectile travels to outer space, we try to find a way to be able to showcase it; if the Americans do not believe in it, it would be not important, because its capability can be seen on the day of incident.”
The commander also pointed to the upgrade of capabilities of the Iranian ballistic missiles, saying that Iran managed to decrease the weight of the long-range missiles to one-fourth and improved their efficiency; and in terms of precision, all Iran-made missiles are precision-strike projectiles and the time required for their preparation has been reduced to one-sixth.
He further referred to the fact that one of the newest Iranian cruise missiles dubbed Paveh has become operational. The cruise missile with a range of 1,650 kilometers, which can travel 50 meters above earth surface.
A video published by the IRGC Aerospace shows that the missile was test-fired by the use of solid rocket booster from a launcher; then, the main part was detached from the booster after reaching altitudes, and its wings become open and the main engine starts.
The appearance of Paveh cruise missile is very similar to Quds missile of Yemen’s Ansar Allah movement. It seems that the course of development of Paveh missile has been carried out in recent years using the experiences of Yemen war and Ansar Allah’s operations against Aramco’s oil facilities (officially the Saudi Arabian Oil Group). Paveh missile is an evolved example of Iranian cruise missiles Soumar, Hoveyzeh and Ya-Ali etc.
Notable advantages of Paveh cruise missile is that it can be carried and fired by marine and ground vessels as well as fighter jets. The significance of the issue would be highlighted, when Russian Sukhoi 35 fighter jets join the Iranian military equipment, because the Iranians would not need foreign weapons to arm their fighter jets.
Brigadier General Hajizadeh went on to say that “the Shahed-149 or Gaza drone (named after the Gaza Strip in honor of the Palestinians’ struggle against Israel amid their crisis in 2021) is huge drone, which is capable of keeping on flying for a remarkable duration and it can carry nine bombs simultaneously.”
“We have the Shahed-129 and Shahed-139 in our combat drone arsenal, which provide us with good military capabilities, he said, adding that we can utilize the drones for combat, telecommunication and surveillance over border and other areas. The Shahed 129 is equivalent with the US-made MQ-1 and it possesses appropriate abilities, the commander said, noting that the Shahed-136 and Shahed-131 are also unique drones at international level, which have many capabilities.”
The brigadier general further pointed to Iran’s missile operation on the United States’ airbase in Ayn al Asad (an airbase located in Al Anbar Governorate of western Iraq) in reaction to the Trump administration’s assassination of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad Airport on January 3, 2020, saying that “we did not aim to kill the American soldiers in the strike on the Ayn al Asad airbase, but we wanted to break the US’s grandeur; we pursue to avenge former US president Donald Trump and former United States secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who ordered the assassination of General Soleimani.”
Hajizadeh also hinted cooperation among the IRGC Aerospace Force, Iran Space Organization and the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, informing that they try to improve capabilities of satellite carriers to reach higher altitude and increase heavy weights, which will be announced in the future.
The recent operations by the IRGC in the region as well as the resistance movements in Yemen and other countries proved the broaden capabilities of Iran in drone and missile sectors; so that the Western and Eastern politicians as well as military analysts acknowledge the achievements. The understanding of the military superiority of Iran will become more difficult for the Westerners following the massive usage of big drones and hypersonic missiles by the Iranian armed forces.