Iran Has A New Powerful Cruise Missile, But It Isn't All That It Seems

Michael Peck

Key point: Iran has a history of unveiling wonder weapons that aren’t so wonderful.

The newest Iranian weapon, the Mobin, was displayed at the MAKS 2019 defense trade show in Russia in August. The cruise missile has a range of 450 kilometers (280 miles), a speed of 900 kilometers (560 miles) per hour, and a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet. It also features a warhead of up to 120 kilograms (265 pounds) and has a “low radar cross-section and high radar-evading capability,” according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

In February, Iran unveiled the longer-range Hoveizeh cruise missile. “The range of the Hoveizeh missile is over 1,350 kilometers [840 miles] and it is good for targeting ground targets,” said Iran’s Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami.

“The Hoveizeh ground-to-ground cruise missile has been test-fired in a 1,200-kilometer [745 mile] range and it managed to precisely hit the specified target,” Hatami also said.

Hatami “mentioned rapid reaction, low flight altitude, high precision in navigation and high destruction power as among the main features of the missile,” said Fars News.

Iran’s Deputy Defense Minister, Brigadier General Qassem Taqizadeh, also claimed last week that Iran’s cruise missiles were more accurate than America’s. Taqizadeh said Iranian cruise missiles “enjoyed higher precision-striking power than the U.S-.made ones,” according to Fars News.

“We have produced ballistic and cruise missiles proportionate to the radius of the threats posed to us up to 1,800 kilometers [1,118 miles] in range, and the cruise missiles produced by Iran are more accurate than their U.S. counterparts,” Taqizadeh said.

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