On August 20, Iran unveiled two brand new, advanced long-range missiles on occasion of National Defense Industry Day.
The new missiles were named after Quds Force Commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Deputy-Commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units. The two commanders were killed earlier this year near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in a U.S. drone strike.
The missiles were unveiled in a virtual ceremony due to coronavirus protective measures. The ceremony was attended by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The first missile “Martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani” is ballistic with a range of up to 1,400 km. The missile reportedly has the capability to penetrate anti-missile systems.
The second, dubbed second “Martyr Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,” is a cruise missile with a range of up to 1,000 kilometers. The missile can also penetrate anti-missile systems by flying on low-altitudes.
Iran is currently under immense pressure by the U.S. which is demanding the country to limit its missile development program.
The U.S. pressure coupled with threats from Israel pushed Iran to boost the development of several weapon systems. Many advanced systems entered service with the Iranian military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps over the last year.