DUBAI: Iran unveiled the fourth generation of its Khorramshahr ballistic missile under the name Kheibar, with a range of 2,000 km (1,243 miles) and a 1,500 kg (3,300 lb) warhead, the official news agency reported on Thursday.
Iran has expanded its missile programme, particularly its ballistic missiles, despite opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries. Tehran says the programme is purely defensive and is for deterrence.
“Iran’s newest ballistic missile and the latest product of the defence ministry’s Aerospace Industries Organisation (AIO) was unveiled today in a ceremony attended by the defence minister,” it added.
Kheibar (Khorramshahr 4) was unveiled on Thursday morning in the presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtian during a ceremony marking the 41st anniversary of the liberation of the southwestern city of Khorramshahr. The missile’s extended range, advanced guidance and control system, and improved structural features further solidify Iran’s status as a formidable missile power.
Kheibar is one of the most advanced missiles designed by the experts of the Ministry of Defense’s Aerospace Industries Organisation. It is a liquid-fueled missile. The Khorramshahr class of missiles is known for its unique guidance and control system during the mid-flight phase.
This feature allows the missile to control and adjust its trajectory outside the Earth’s atmosphere, and to deactivate its guidance system upon entering the atmosphere, giving it complete immunity against electronic warfare attacks.
Thanks to its advanced control system, the Kheiber missile’s warhead does not require the typical thin-wing arrangement, which in turn allows the missile to pack up a heavier explosive load.