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Ra'ad / Thunderbolt

Since 1989 and with Chinese assistance, Iran had indigenously produced the HY-1 Silkworm and HY-2 Seersucker ASCMs. Iran developed an improved Silkworm system - Ra'ad / Thunderbolt - with a range of 450 km, at its Chinese-built plant at Bandar Abbas, again with Chinese assistance. This missile, if developed as a land-attack variant, which some sources indicate the Iranians have claimed, would be able to strike Saudi Arabia and all the Persian Gulf states.

The increased range of the missile has made it possible to deploy launchers deep inside the ground and thereby reduce the possibility of enemy identification, more space to change locations after executing an operation, or more securely executing multiple firing (for rocket launchers) from one The region becomes.

Iran subsequently reengineered a Hai Ying missile to create an indigenous variant, decrease foreign expenditure, and even improve upon the original design. Some sources associate the Ra'ad with the Chinse HY-4 ‘Sadsack’, but it is clearly a new design with the most visible change being the replacement of the single ventral air intake with a pair of inlets on either side of the vertical stabilizer, which is itself lenghtened relative to the earlier HY-2 Seersucker. The tail cone is also extended to facilitate the revised air flow from the inlets to the engine.

The missile was developed by the state-run Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO). Iran likely began development of the Ra’ad to strengthen its coastal defenses. The missile was developed by the state-run Iran Aviation Industries Organization (IAIO). Iran reportedly began full production of the Ra’ad in January 2004. The missile was originally said to be equipped for ground and ship-launched platforms, although future variants may include an air-launched system. Several Ra’ad missiles were paraded in Tehran on TELs in March 2007.

Iran rebuilt the reverse engineering prototype, and by installing a native jet engine on it, the missile "RAD" with a range of more than 300 kilometers and a 500-kilogram warhead was delivered to the armed forces Country. The missile, with its radar guidance, can cover many parts of the Gulf, the Oman Sea, and the North Indian Ocean, depending on its range.

Thunderbird cruise missile is the largest, longest range and most destructive cruise missile in Iran. The missile is a native development of the Chinese Silkworm missile (an example of a former Soviet missile). The Thunderbolt has a turbocharged engine, with the required air supplied from two inputs mounted on the rocket sides. A solid rocket booster also provides energy to the rocket at the start of the launch.

The range of the radar guidance radar is 350 kilometers and the missile is fired by a mobile launcher. It's likely that the missile's warhead is several hundred kilograms. The missile is said to have high power destruction, electronic warfare capabilities, low altitude flight, and increased accuracy in navigation and in discovering and destroying targets, which are definitely the factors that can increase our maritime power. The speed of the rocket can be estimated from Mach 0.6 to 0.8.

The Iranians are great braggarts, given to making exhuberant claims that cannot be independently verified. There do not appear to be any photogaphs of this missile being launched or in flight. It has been paraded in two versions, one the light blue normally associated with Iranian anti-shipping cruise missilss, and the other a dark green not previously seen with such missiles. It is frequently the case that there are discrepancies between actual operational flight missiles and parade missiles, which are normally non flight-worthy prototypes or training models. The variants of this missile that have been seen in public are notably lacking a solid rocket motor booster stage, which is presumably needed to get ths missile up to flight speed.

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