RAAD (anti-tank missile)
|Place of origin||Iran|
|In service||1997 - Present|
|Wars||2006 Lebanon War|
|Manufacturer||Parchin Missile Industries, Defense Industries Organization|
2,250 by 2004
11.78 kg (Missile)|
23 kg (Guidance System)
|Effective firing range||400 - 3000 m|
The RAAD (Persian: رعد, meaning "thunder") family of missiles is manufactured in Iran and based on the Soviet 9K11 Malyutka anti-tank guided missile with a range of a few kilometres. It is not to be confused with Iran's Ra'ad anti ship missile and Pakistan's Ra'ad cruise missile.
It was said that plans to start production of the RAAD started in 1994 when Chinese and North Korean assistance was enlisted in producing missiles to boost its domestic weapons industry followed by actual production in 1995 with the actual weapon being unveiled by Defense Industries Organization on April 30, 1997. Due to shortage of Western-made anti-tank weapons, it forced Iran to seek out alternate anti-tank weapons that included the purchase of the 9K11 Malyutka.
In 1998, it was reported that Iran had begun producing an improved version of the Russian AT-3B . The new missile was called the Improved Raad or I-Raad with improvements that include a new front airframe fitted with a tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead.
Israel had captured some quantities of the RAAD on the Karine A in January 2002.
The RAAD has almost the same gear as the 9K11 Malyutka, from the battery to the guidance unit with a simulator that can be used to train two operators on using the RAAD.
- Based on the producer of the 9K11 Malyutka
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