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Iran builds first hypersonic wind tunnel


Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has constructed the country’s first hypersonic wind tunnel for testing missiles and doing aerospace research.

“The IRGC has, for the first time in the country, built a hypersonic wind tunnel [operating] at the speed of more than eight Mach,” said IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari on Sunday.

He made the remarks at the unveiling ceremony of the device at Tehran’s Imam Hussein (PBUH) University.

The construction of the wind tunnel is a great achievement because it is used for testing missiles and aerospace research, he added.

The IRGC commander stated that Iran’s previous wind tunnels operated at the speed of lower than one Mach and the country had to send its missile abroad for testing.

In addition to reducing expenses, the new hypersonic tunnel enables the country to protect information pertaining to indigenously-designed and -built missiles, Jafari pointed out.

The news comes a day after Iran unveiled its new indigenously-designed and developed fighter jet, Qaher-313 (Conqueror-313), which is ‘ultra-advanced’ and capable of ‘evading radars’.

In recent years, Iran has made great achievements in its defense sector and gained self-sufficiency in essential military hardware and defense systems.

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