Iranian military scientists have gained the technical know-how to manufacture a cruise missile capable of traveling at supersonic speeds, APA reports citing Tasnim News Agency.
The homegrown cruise missile, designed and manufactured by the local experts, is currently in the test stage and is equipped with ramjet engines.
Before the development of this high-tech product, Iranian cruise missiles used a rocket takeoff engine for the launching of the missile and a homegrown turbojet engine, dubbed Tolu’ (sunrise), for the second stage.
A ramjet is a form of air-breathing engine that uses the forward motion of the engine to take in air for combustion that produces jet thrust. Ramjets work most efficiently at supersonic speeds around Mach 3 and can operate up to speeds of Mach 6.
Note that in June of this year, the Iranian government demonstrated the first domestically produced hypersonic Fattah ballistic missile, and thus Iran became the fourth country in the world armed with hypersonic technology.