Pentagon Plans to Test Missile That Allegedly Killed Soleimani in Arctic Conditions

The United States assassinated Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad in January 2020, with Iran avenging the anti-terror commander’s killing by raining over a dozen ballistic missiles on two US bases in Iraq, and promising further “hard slaps” of revenge.

The AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), the projectile US media widely speculate was used to kill Qasem Soleimani a year ago, has been used in multiple classified attacks on “counterinsurgency targets” and has yet to undergo testing in Arctic conditions, an annual report by the Pentagon’s Office of the Director of Test and Evaluation (ODT&E) has revealed.

The 310 page report for fiscal year 2020 discusses a wide variety of Army, Navy, Air Force, and missile defence programmes and weapons systems. The section on the JAGM boasts that the weapon “exceeded hit performance in 87 test shots,” and touts the missile’s superior range and performance against multiple targets including vehicles, personnel, bunkers, and buildings compared to legacy systems.

The missile is also said to have performed “successfully” against “heavy and light armour, structures, personnel in the open, maritime targets, and classified counterinsurgency targets such as trucks and motorcycles.”

The Army completed evaluation in May 2019, about six months before the deadly attack on Soleimani’s convoy at Baghdad Airport in January 2020. The Navy began testing aboard AH-1Z…

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