Iran’s Revolutionary Guard acquires new multi-warhead missiles

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Iran’s defense minister announced the delivery of new ballistic missiles with multiple warheads at a ceremony with the Revolutionary Guard today.

According to Sepah News, the names of the new ballistic missiles are “Qadr H1,” “Qiam,” “Fateh-110” and “Persian Gulf.” The Mersad air-defense system was also announced.

The Qadr H1 and the medium-range Qiam missiles, according to Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan’s statements, are equipped with multiple warheads. Although Dehghan said they were able to “carry a variety of warhead blasts,” the English-language edition of Fars News elaborated further, explaining that the new missiles can carry Multiple Re-entry Vehicle payloads that “deploy multiple warheads.” Dehghan added that the new missiles can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in various positions and have radar-evading capabilities.

The Fateh-110 ground-to-ground missile and the Persian Gulf coast-to-sea missile were described as fourth-generation ballistic missiles, the few precision missiles that can track their targets until contact.

The Mersad air-defense system was described as being small and mobile and able to track and destroy multiple targets, including high-speed fighter jets, helicopters, cruise missiles and drones.

Dehgan called the missiles “completely indigenous” and said they were “designed, constructed and mass produced by specialists in the Defense Ministry.”

The ceremony was held to announce the delivery of the ballistic missiles to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) aerospace force and to the Khatam al-Anbia air base from the Defense Ministry’s aerospace program. Khatam al-Anbia is one of Iran’s largest engineering firms and is controlled by the IRGC.

“Once again, the abilities and power of the defense industry were demonstrated in securing the needs of the armed forces with the most advanced missile equipment,” Dehgan said. “And it showed that the various and comprehensive sanctions of the enemy, especially against the defense, have not had the smallest harm on our will and determination.”

He continued, “Today, the armed forces have a level of defense capabilities that enables them to confront any threat from beyond the Islamic Republic of Iran’s borders. Our nation’s enemies recognized this capability, and the threats they announce is media rhetoric and for domestic consumption.”

Dehgan added that Iran would continue to pursue “effective deterrence with serious and exemplary efforts.”