Missile Defense

Iran introduces Latest Generation Fateh Ballistic Missile

Fateh Ballistic Missile

Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami walks past the missile Fateh-e Mobin, or Bright Conqueror, on August 13, 2018.

Iran introduces the latest generation of the Fateh ballistic missile on Monday. Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami said the indigenously designed munition was an “agile, radar-evading and tactical missile with pinpoint accuracy,” semiofficial Tasnim News Agency reported.

It has reportedly been successfully test fired.

Tasnim publicized the brand new short-range ballistic missile referred to as Fateh-e Mobin, or Bright Conqueror, which can be thought to have a cover anything from 300-500 kilometers. For Hatami, this new missile demonstrates Iran’s persistence for bolster what he characterizes as defensive capabilities.

“As I had promised the Iranian nation, I will spare no effort to boost the country’s missile capabilities, and we will certainly increase our missile power every single day,” Hatami said. “With a strong, smart and up-to-date defense industry, we’ll be capable to preserve peace and stability, and from now on, the enemies can ascertain from the Islamic Republic’s defense power.”

During naval exercises inside the Strait of Hormuz that happened within the first week of August, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps launched an anti-ship variant with the Fateh-100 Mod 3 from the base in Bandar-e-Jask in southeastern Iran. The missile flew greater than 100 miles over a flight path over the strait with a test range within the Iranian desert. This was the first test-fire of the Iranian ballistic missile in at least a year, and the 1st test of a Fateh missile since March 2017. It is unknown if the missile struck its target.

Last year, two Fatehs were fired with a floating barge target 155 kilometers from Bandar-e-Jask, in line with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Missile Defense Project. One missile missed the barge but was “in the vicinity” with the target.

The second missile, fired the very next day, hit its mark.

The Fateh-e Mobin isn’t only new missile Iran has shown off this year. In April 2018, Iran displayed an unidentified air-launched cruise missile during Iran’s Army Day parade. Marked with initials from the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, the missile features trapezoidal grid fins, mostly connected with U.S. missiles, as well as a seeker inside tip.

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