The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on Wednesday unveiled new missile called “Kheibar Shekan” with 1,450 Kilometers range.
The unveiling ceremony of Kheibar Shekan missile was held in the presence of Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major-General Mohammad Bagheri and IRGC Commander of the Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh.
The ceremony coincided with celebrations in Iran commemorating the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty.
The new strategic long-range missile, which uses solid fuel, is classified among the third generation of the IRGC missiles, and is unique in terms of weight and firing.
Kheibar Shekan missile’s weight is reduced by one-third in comparison to similar ones and the time needed to launch it has been reduced by six times.
The Kheibar Shekan missile also enjoys high maneuverability in face of anti-missile systems, and extreme agility and speed in hitting targets within a range of 1,450 km are among other capabilities of this new strategic long-range missile.
Earlier, General Hajizadeh had announced the development of a new “strategic missile” by Iranian experts, saying that it would be unveiled soon.
“The strategic missile will be unveiled in the near future,” he said, addressing in a ceremony held on Monday to commemorate the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, on the 43rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
He underlined the IRGC’s latest defense achievements, especially in the field of missiles, adding that the missile has been built for quite some time and is currently part of the IRGC’s combat capability.
In relevant remarks in January 2021, General Hajizadeh underlined Iran had limited the range of its missiles to 2,000 km on the basis of its own decision, but the decision is not something permanent.
“The power of our missiles can be seen in the comments of our enemies. No one has forced us to restrict ourselves to the range of 2,000 km because we do not talk to anyone about our missile power,” General Hajizadeh added.