Western intelligence organizations are currently analyzing data about the new Iranian cruise missile called Abu Mahdi.
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 IRGC and the Iran Army, and it boasts advanced AI, stealth, and electronic warfare capabilities. The report further claimed that the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet is within the missile’s 1,000-kilometer range, making any naval target vulnerable, including the potential to sink an American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Iranian media stated that the Abu Mahdi was added to the battle formation of the IRGC and army navies on the same day.
“This missile has artificial intelligence and stealth capabilities, and it can cause significant destruction. According to the manufacturers, it has the capability to destroy any hostile naval target. Now, the balance of power with the Americans is changing again.”
The report emphasizes that the main difference between this missile and other cruise missiles in the Islamic Republic of Iran lies in its radar, which can operate effectively against the electronic warfare systems of enemy destroyers. It is claimed that 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 and are considered formidable fortresses at sea, equipped with missiles, anti-aircraft cannons, and electronic warfare systems. The U.S. Fifth Fleet is located approximately 200 km from Bushehr, and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are present in these bases, under the pretext of maintaining maritime security. Consequently, these transregional destroyers fall under the surveillance of the IRGC navy from the outskirts of Tehran and are within its range of fire.”
The report added that the new missile is intended to convey a clear message from Tehran to Washington.