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Iran Tests Fajr-5 Rocket with Thermobaric Warhead

Iran Tests Fajr-5 Rocket with Thermobaric Warhead
Sunday, 07 May, 2023, 22:18

Iran tested a homegrown Fajr-5 rocket equipped with a new thermobaric warhead. The rocket, which has already been delivered to the IRGC, has increased destructive power, with a 1.5 times greater blast radius and thermal effect than trinitrotoluene (TNT).

The new warhead’s lower sensitivity compared to TNT makes it a safer option. This new development is significant as the Fajr-5 rocket is known to have been delivered to Palestinian resistance groups, making it an important weapon in the ongoing conflicts in the region.

New Thermobaric Warhead Enhances Destructive Power
Based on local sources, the IRGC’s Research and Self-Sufficiency Jihad Organization has equipped the Fajr-5 rocket, which has a range of up to 180 km, with a thermobaric warhead. This warhead uses oxygen from the surrounding air to generate a high-temperature explosion, which increases the rocket’s destructive power. Reports suggest that the new warhead’s destructive power is 1.5 times greater than that of TNT, enhancing the rocket’s blast radius and thermal effect.

Compared to conventional warheads, the thermobaric explosive has a lower sensitivity than TNT, making it a safer option. The addition of the new warhead to the Fajr-5 rocket makes it an even more significant weapon in ongoing conflicts in the region.

Fajr-5 Rockets and the Fight Against Terrorist Groups
The Fajr-5 rocket is the most advanced and longest-range version of the Fajr ground-to-ground rockets. With a range of up to 180 km, it runs on solid fuel and has single and two-stage versions. The rocket was initially delivered to Palestinian resistance groups, and its use in the 55-day war in 2012 brought it into the spotlight. During this conflict, it was reported that Hamas forces defeated the Israeli regime’s Iron Dome air defense system with Fajr rockets.

The new thermobaric warhead’s function also makes the Fajr-5 rocket a suitable weapon for fighting against terrorist groups in mountainous and impassable areas. Terrorists often construct shelters and trenches in these regions, making them challenging to target with conventional weapons. With the new warhead’s increased destructive power, the Fajr-5 rocket becomes a potent weapon in such conflicts.

In conclusion, the successful testing of the Fajr-5 rocket with a thermobaric warhead by the IRGC Ground Force is a significant development. The new warhead’s increased destructive power and lower sensitivity than TNT make it a safer option in comparison with conventional warheads. The Fajr-5 rocket’s delivery to Palestinian resistance groups and its use in conflicts in the region make it an important weapon. With its extended range and the new warhead’s function, the rocket becomes even more potent in the fight against terrorist groups.