Sayyad 2 (Hunter II)

A Sayyad 2 system of the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force in 2015.
Type Mobile long range surface-to-air missile with anti-ballistic missile capability
Place of origin Iran
Service history
In service 2015–present
Used by See iran
Production history
Designed 2014
Warhead Frag-HE

Propellant Solid fuel
Sayyad 1: 60–120 km
Sayyad 2: 150–200 km

Sayyad 2 (Hunter II) is a mid-range, high altitude solid-fuel missile[1] manufactured by Iran.

It is an upgraded version of the Sayyad-1 system with higher precision, range and defensive power. Sayyad-1 that is Iranian upgraded version of HQ-2 SAM differ with Chinese versions in guidance and control subsystems. Sayyad-1 equipped with an about 200-kilogram warhead and has speed of 1,200 meters per second. The range of the Sayyad-2 missile is controversial. Different sources claim various numbers, from 60 km to 120 km.[2]

After unveiling ceremony at November 2013 it cleared that Sayyad-2 missile look likes SM-2 Standard SAM missile but its control fins is like Iranian medium range TAER-2 SAM missile.[3] Also announced that it will has cooperation with S-200 system via TALASH-2 interface system. It is planned that Sayad-2 missile added to Iranian Moudge class frigates.[4] Iranian defense minister announced that Sayyad-2 covers medium range and high altitudes and it has a combined guidance system.[5]

The launcher of Sayyad-2 missile that consist of 4 canisters in 2*2 configuration is one of the interesting things about this new Iranian surface to air missile because it has so much apparent similarity to American MIM-104 Patriot SAM system launchers.[6]

Iran says the missile has been mounted on and successfully test-fired from the S-200 air-defense system.[7]

Sayyad-3 is a similar missile, but with a long-range capability. It has similar diameter as Sayyad-2 but longed body with different wings and control surfaces. Based on current estimates Sayyad-3 has the range about 150–200 Km.[8] This missile will be added to S-200 SAM systems via TALASH-3 system.[9]

It appears that two new above missiles will be use in Iranian S-300 like SAM system Bavar-373 to cover various ranges and altitudes.[10]

Also Iranian developed a most long range missile look like Russian 48N6E missile named Sayyad-4. No formal information announced about this missile but it appears from new photos that Sayyad-4 is like above Russian missile only in frontal parts and is similar to Sayyad-3 in wings and control surfaces shape.[11]

Further developments

The Iranian Navy is said to be considering some changes in order for the missile to be mounted on future versions of the Moudge class frigate.[12]

See also


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