A man waves an Iranian flag as domestically built missiles are displayed at background during the annual rally commemorating Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, on Feb. 11, 2023. Image Credit: AP

DUBAI: Iran has developed a cruise missile with a range of 1,650km (1,025 miles) a top Revolutionary Guards commander said on Friday, in a move likely to raise Western concerns after Russia’s use of Iranian drones in the Ukraine war.

“Our cruise missile with a range of 1,650km has been added to the missile arsenal of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Amirali Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, told state TV.

The television broadcast what it said was the first footage showing the new Paveh cruise missile.

Iran has expanded its missile programme, particularly its ballistic missiles, in defiance of opposition from the United States and expressions of concern by European countries. Tehran says the programme is purely defensive and of a deterrent nature.

Iran has said it had supplied Moscow with drones before the war in Ukraine. Russia has used the drones to target power stations and civilian infrastructure.

In November, the Pentagon said the United States was sceptical of reports quoting Hajizadeh as saying Iran had developed a hypersonic ballistic missile.