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About Fattah 2

Context:

Iran recently unveiled its new and improved hypersonic weapon, the Fattah-2.

Relevance:

Facts for Prelims

About Fattah 2:

Name and Origin:

  • Fattah: Conqueror in Farsi.
  • Developed by Iran as an advanced version of its initial hypersonic ballistic missile named ‘Fattah.’
Features:
  • Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV):
    • Equipped with an HGV warhead that can manoeuvre and glide at hypersonic speeds.
  • Propellant:
    • Uses a liquid-fuel rocket propellant.
  • Range and Velocity:
    • Precision-guided two-stage missile with a range of 1500 kilometres.
    • Velocity of Mach 15 (fifteen times the speed of sound, approximately 18522 km/hr).
  • Manoeuvrability:
    • Capable of quick turns to evade defence systems.
  • Warhead Characteristics:
    • Equipped with a warhead featuring a spherical engine running on solid fuel and movable nozzles for course changes outside the atmosphere.
Hypersonic Missile
  • A missile flying at least at Mach 5 (five times the speed of sound) and is manoeuvrable.
  • Extremely fast, making them challenging targets for surface-to-air missile defence systems.

-Source: The Hindu


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