by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Iran has unveiled the Khaibar, a new ballistic missile that has a range of 2,000 km and is capable of carrying nuclear warheads, i24News reports. Iran has increased the scope of its ballistic missile program despite the concerns of Western powers, and following the collapse of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran nuclear deal.
A liquid-fuel missile with a 1,500 kg warhead, the Khaibar is the 4th generation of Iran’s Khorramshahr ballistic missile and is the longest-range Iranian missile to date.
According to Iranian state media, the speed of the high-mobility tactical missile “can reach Mach 16 outside the atmosphere and Mach 8 inside the atmosphere,” i24News reports.
In a statement, Iran’s Defense Minister Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani said the missile had been developed to “provide comprehensive support to our friends and countries that are on the path of fighting against the domination system,” i24News reports.
The unveiling of the Khaibar came less than two weeks after the five-day Gaza conflict between Israeli forces and the Iran-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, i24News noted. The missile was unveiled alongside a replica of the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in east Jerusalem and broadcast live on state TV.
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