On August 20, 2020, IRINN TV (Iran) aired a report about the unveiling of missiles named after IRGC Qods Force Commander General Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi PMU deputy leader Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, who were killed in a January 2020 U.S. airstrike. Deputy Iranian Defense Minister Ghasem Taghizadeh explained that the Martyr Hajj Qasem Soleimani missile is a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 1,400 kilometers that uses unprecedented "technologies of flight-control and flight-dynamics." He said that the Martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis cruise missile has a range of 1,000 kilometers and can be launched from deep inland and away from the shore. In addition, an unnamed missile expert explained that the Qasem Soleimani missile re-enters the atmosphere at a speed of Mach 12, strikes its target at Mach 5, and can strike targets that are fortified or are deep underground. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was present at the unveiling.
Following are excerpts:
IRGC General Ghasem Taghizadeh: "Mr. President, the Martyr Hajj Qasem missile is a surface-to-surface missile that has a range of 1,400 kilometers. It is launched at an angle, and it is entirely tactical and mobile. Unlike all missiles like it in the world, it is based on technologies of flight-control and flight-dynamics. This is unprecedented in the world, and there is nothing like it anywhere else.
"Today, another winning card has been added to the family of long-range cruise missiles. It has a range of over 1,000 kilometers, and it completes the tactical and operational requirements of our proud armed forces. The Martyr Abu Mahdi cruise missile can be launched from deep inland. Very soon, the navies of our dear country will be equipped with it."
President Hassan Rouhani: "Please unveil the Martyr Hajj Qasem Soleimani ballistic missile and the Martyr Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis cruise missile, with the blessing of Allah."
Announcer: "We send blessings to the pure souls of all the martyrs of holy defense and in particular to the martyrs Hajj Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi [Al-Muhandis]."
Mohammad Reza Ahmadi: "This missile has so many unique properties that it was named after the martyr Hajj Qasem Soleimani."
Unnamed Missile Expert 1: "It re-enters the atmosphere at Mach 12, and it can penetrate missile defense systems. Its speed when it strikes the target is Mach 5. This is extraordinarily fast. It has a variety of warheads that can strike and destroy a variety of concrete fortifications and targets that are deep underground."
Ahmadi: "This is Iran's newest cruise missile, the Martyr Abu Mahdi missile."
Unnamed Missile Expert 2: "It has a range of over 1,000 kilometers. It is considered to be a very valuable project, and it is a masterpiece as far as naval cruise [missiles] are concerned. It is launched from deep inland, and can shift between [targets]. Against one target, we will use multiple missiles with the same flight path. This is a software that is installed in the fire control and navigation systems..."
Ahmadi: "So total destruction [of the target]."
Unnamed Missile Expert 2: "Correct."