Western fears about Iran’s missile capabilities were confirmed Monday when Tehran unveiled its first hypersonic ballistic missile.
Iran state media published pictures of the missile, which is called “Fattah,” from a ceremony attended by Iranian president Ebrahim Rassi along with commanders of the Revolutionary Guard.
Hypersonic missiles can fly at least five times the speed of sound. Possessing a range of nearly 900 miles, Fattah can reportedly strike Israel in under 7 minutes.
Iran said: “It can bypass the most advanced anti-ballistic missile systems .. .including Israel’s Iron Dome.”
The U.S. responded with sanctions on Iran. It also slapped sanctions on entities in China and Hong Kong that provided “critical parts and technology” for Iran’s ballistic missile program.
The news comes as a top Defense Department official warned in February that Iran had the materials to make a nuclear bomb in less than two weeks.