Iran officially introduced a new ballistic missile the Islamic Republic says is not detectable by radar. Ballistic missiles can be used to deliver nuclear warheads.
The missile, dubbed the Zulfiqar, was unveiled December 17, at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
According to Shiite tradition, the Zulfiqar was the legendary sword of Ali ibn Abi Talib given to him by Islam’s prophet Mohammed, his cousin and son-in-law. Ali was also the fourth caliph of Islam and the first imam of Shiite Islam. According to tradition, the sword was given to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
The missile’s range is reportedly between 435-466 miles (700-750 kilometers) and uses solid, conventional fuels. It is 29 feet (8.86 meters) long with a two-foot diameter (61 centimeters) and weighs 992 pounds (450 kilograms).
The missile is part of the generation of Fateh missiles, which Iran claims are highly accurate and can negate electronic waves used to divert missiles from their targets.
The missile was used by the Revolutionary Guards to destroy ISIS sites in Deir ez-Zor in Syria in June.