World News — Iran has unveiled its new hypersonic missile, Fattah, which is causing concern in Israel and around the world. The missile is named after one of the 99 names of God in Islam, meaning “victory giver,” and Iran’s military claims it is designed for defensive purposes. However, experts believe it could have offensive capabilities and be used as a tool of coercion and force projection.
According to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace Force Commander, the Fattah missile can travel up to 15 times the speed of sound, penetrate all air defense missile systems, move within and above the earth’s atmosphere, and has a range of 1,400 kilometers. This puts Israel within its reach and raises concerns about its potential use.
Iran has a history of making exaggerated claims when it comes to missile development, but it has made significant advances over the years. What sets the Fattah missile apart is its maneuverability, with a movable nozzle that allows it to travel an irregular path, making it difficult to intercept.
While Israel and its allies in the region have several missile defense systems, including Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow family of defense systems, experts say that even highly capable systems can fail. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also deploy US-made Patriot missile defense systems and THAAD systems, which can intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles at higher altitudes.
The unveiling of the Fattah missile has raised concerns among Gulf Arab states, who argue that Iran’s missile program should be part of Western nations’ talks with Tehran on its nuclear program. Iran’s Arab adversaries in the region have begun reconciling with the Islamic Republic, reducing the potential for conflict in the Persian Gulf.
Overall, the Fattah missile represents an advanced weapon with significant potential for both defensive and offensive use. Its maneuverability and ability to penetrate all air defense missile systems make it difficult to intercept, leaving Israel and its allies vulnerable to attack. The world is concerned about its development, particularly in Israel, but the potential for conflict in the Persian Gulf may decrease as Iran’s Arab adversaries reconcile with the Islamic Republic.