Iran’s New Damavand-2 Destroyer to be armed with Hypersonic Missiles

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Iran’s New Damavand-2 Destroyer to be armed with Hypersonic Missiles
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Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Shahram Irani said a hypersonic missile will be equipped on the homegrown Damavand-2 destroyer that will join the Navy in the near future.

He added that the destroyer will be fitted with latest reconnaissance and combat systems.

Irani also announced, “All the equipment installed on all other destroyers will be updated over time.”

The Mowj-class frigate is currently passing its operational tests in the northern fleet. This advanced type of Jamaran destroyer is equipped with new radar and missile systems, as well as propulsion and weaponry systems.

Damavand-1, a 100-meter-long destroyer weighing more than 1,300 tons and armed with an anti-ship cruise missile launcher and a 76mm gun, officially joined the Iranian Navy's northern fleet in March 2015. Three years later, it collided with a breakwater while docking at the Caspian port of Bandar Anzali and sank there.

Fattah hypersonic missile

Iran unveiled the first hypersonic missile ‘Fattah’ in the first week of June. Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said on June 21 that the next version of the missile may have a range of 2000km, compared to its current range of 1,400km.

Fattah can travel at a speed of up to Mach 15, which is 15 times the speed of sound. It is also able to penetrate all air defense systems and detonate them due to its ‘high maneuverability and speed.’

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