Iran revealed that it has developed a new version of its Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent tactical ballistic missiles on 13 August, but released few details about its capabilities.
The new Fateh Mobin missile that was unveiled by Defence Minister Amir Hatami during a ceremony was similar to earlier versions of the Fateh-110, but had a cap over its nose, seemingly to protect an electro-optical (EO) seeker. It did not appear to have a separating re-entry vehicle or a motor body made of a composite material like the long-range Zolfaghar (Zulfiqar) variant.
The Iranian media reported that the Fateh Mobin has a new guidance system with a ‘smart seeker’ that enables it to hit both sea and land targets in day and night with a high level of accuracy. It is also supposedly capable of penetrating anti-missile defences and operating in a hostile electronic warfare environment. Its range was not reported.
It was stated that the missile had been successfully tested, with Iranian television broadcasting footage showing a Fateh Mobin being launched and implying that it used an EO seeker to lock on to and hit a building in its terminal phase.
Fox News cited US officials as saying on 11 August that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) had carried out the first ballistic missile test for more than a year during an exercise earlier in August.
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