On September 23, Iranian state-run television showed footage of a medium-range Khorramshahr ballistic missile test launch. “You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khorramshahr ballistic missile with the range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country,” said an IRIB presenter. Several U.S. media outlets subsequently ran stories indicating that Iran had tested the Khorramshahr missile shortly after its public display at a parade in Tehran on September 22. However, U.S. officials told Fox News and CNN there was ‘no indication’ Iran had tested a ballistic missile at the time. The video footage presented by Iranian media is most likely that of the reportedly failed test launch on January 29, 2017.
The Khorramshahr has a reported range of around 2,000 km and likely carries a high explosive or submunitions warhead, which Iran has referred to as carrying “multiple warheads.” The missile is likely derived from North Korea’s Musudan missile. The Khorramshahr was first displayed at a military parade in Tehran on September 22.