Iran has unveiled two new cruise missiles, one named after U.S.-assassinated Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the other after a deputy who was killed with him.
Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Amir Hatami says the “Martyr Haj Qassem” missile is a surface-to-surface, mid-range missile capable of reaching 1,400 kilometers.
“The country’s achievements in the defense industry over the past four decades are not comparable to any other period,” said Hatami, according to PressTV, a semi-official Iranian news site. He added they are a “basis for military self-reliance and a must for [maintaining] the country’s independence.”
The second missile, “Martyr Abu Mahdi,” is named after Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the commander of the Khataib Hezbollah militia, who was killed along with Gen. Soleimani and a number of others in the U.S. targeted killing near the Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.
The “Martyr Abu Mahdi” is a cruise missile with a range of more than a 1,000 kilometers.