On July 25, 2023, Channel 2 (Iran) aired a report about the Iranian-made "Abu Mahdi" cruise missile. According to the report, the missile was recently added to the arsenals of the navies of the IRGC and the Iran Army, and it has advanced AI, stealth, and electronic warfare capabilities. The report also stated that the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet is within the missile's 1,000-kilometer range, that the missile can strike any naval target, and that the missile is capable of sinking an American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
Reporter: "The destruction of any hostile moving target from the Persian Gulf to the Indian Ocean... With the Minister of Defense present the accurate cruise missile 'Abu Mahdi' was added today to the battle formation of the IRGC and army navies.
"This missile has artificial intelligence and stealth capabilities, and it can cause great destruction. According to the middle manufacturers, it can destroy any hostile naval target.
"Now the balance of power with the Americans is changing again, with the commissioning if the Abu Mahdi cruise missile, which has declared a range of 1,000 kilometers. The number of these missiles was not disclosed to the media.
"According to the experts, the main difference between the missile and other cruise missiles of the Islamic Republic of Iran is that the radar of this missile can operate against the electronic warfare of the enemy's destroyers, and one or two of these missiles can sink an American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
"These destroyers are the command ships of the U.S. Navy. In light of their missiles, anti-aircraft cannons, and electronic-warfare systems, they are considered to be a strong fortress at sea.
"The manufacturers of this missile say it can reach any target.
"America's Fifth Fleet is located about 200 km from Bushehr, and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are found in these bases, under the pretext of maintaining maritime security. Therefore, these transregional destroyers are under the surveillance of the IRGC navy from the outskirts of Tehran, and are within its range of fire.
"When the navies of the IRGC and the Army simultaneously arm themselves with this strategic cruise missile which has a destructive range of over 1,000 km, at a time when the U.S. is trying to increase its military presence in the Persian Gulf, it constitutes a clear message from Tehran to Washington."