What's New About Missile Named After General Soleimani

Marzieh Motahari
Iran has unveiled two new missiles — a surface-to-surface ballistic missile and a naval cruise missile — that could offer the country significant new capabilities.
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With “Haj Qasem”, Iran’s tactical ballistic missiles can now reach Israel with a range of 1400 km, "Qasem" missile can be considered the first Iranian solid fuel tactical ballistic missile that can easily reach the occupied territories.


The missile was one of the achievements unveiled by the Iranian Defense Ministry on Thursday, August 20. Qasem missile is named after the Martyr General Qasem Soleimani and is the latest surface-to-surface missile unveiled by the country.


Here are some of the general specifications of this solid fuel missile:


Length: 11 meters

Mass: around 7000 kilograms

Warhead: a detachable warhead with ground-based radio guidance system

Warhead weight: 500 kg

Atmospheric reentry speed: Mach 12

Impact speed: Mach 5

Range: 1400 km


The new “Haj Qasem” ballistic missile

These specifications make the Qasem missile a powerful missile whose warhead can easily annihilate protected targets with durable concrete surfaces. According to officials, the range of this missile can be increased to about 1700 to 1800 kilometers.


Test firing of Haj Qasem missile

New Design Features

The most important distinguishing feature of the Qasem missile is the use of a new and largely unique design compared to other ballistic missiles, that is the use of eight stabilizing fins at its bottom.


“Haj Qasem” missile’s 8 stabilizing fins


Operational Features

With a range of 1400 km, Haj Qasem missile is the fisrt sold fuel tactical ballistic missile that can easily reach Israel.


Previously, Iran could target limited parts of the occupied territory using Dezfoul missile that has a range of 1000 km, only when launched from some regions in its borderline. But today, with the new "Qasem" missile, it is easy to target from any depth of the country, any part of the occupied territories where the Zionists are stationed, with unparalleled accuracy.


Launching from a safe depth from inside the country greatly reduces the possibility of detecting missiles before launch and also gives the enemy missile defense systems less opportunity to respond. But at this stage, the detachable warhead of the "Qasim" missile - which has much less radar reflection than the fuselage - as well as its high speed in reentering the atmosphere, makes it very difficult for the enemy missile systems to defend, raising and the success rate of the missile attack dramatically.