Abu Mahdi
Iranian missiles named Abu Mahdi are pictured during the IRGC Army and Navy joining ceremony, in Tehran, Iran, in this image obtained on July 25, 2023. (Photo credit: Iran Ministry of Defense/WANA (West Asian News Agency/Handout via Reuters)
According to statements by the Iranian Defense Minister, the “Abu Mahdi” can evade radar systems and plot its optimal flight path.

The “Abu Mahdi” enhances the defensive capabilities of Iran

The Iranian-made missile could considerably expand the area that Iran can threaten, strengthening its defensive capabilities. This is the third missile of its type in service since August 2020, joining two named after the late General Qassem Soleimani.

Iran’s navy has previously demonstrated its cruise missile and drone capabilities in exercises in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

According to statements by the Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, the “Abu Mahdi” is capable of evading radar systems and plotting its optimal flight path, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence.

The “Abu Mahdi” missile and its impact on regional tensions

The new Iranian missile could be used in naval confrontations against destroyers and frigates, raising tension in the Persian Gulf region, where the United States has recently sent more air and naval forces.

The “Abu Mahdi” missile marks an Iranian response to recent US moves in the region. However, the actual range and capabilities of the new missile are still unclear, as it has never been tested in combat.

Iran has made claims about the capabilities of the new missile, indicating that it can be launched rapidly and used in coordination with other missiles for simultaneous attacks.

The range of Iran’s weapons and their impact on the region

The Iranian media also highlighted the recent presentation of the “Khyber” ballistic missile, with a range of 2,000 km and capable of transporting a 1,500 kg nuclear warhead. Additionally, a new Iranian hypersonic missile has been reported that could reach the entire region, threatening Israel and Europe.

These announcements have been echoed in regional pro-Iranian media, despite the fact that the capabilities of these missiles have yet to be independently verified.