Karrar (UCAV)

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An artist's drawing of Karrar
Role Unmanned combat aerial vehicle
First flight 2009
Introduction August 2010[1]
Primary user Iran
Produced Defense industry of Iran

Karrar (Persian: کرارkarrār, "striker",[2] is an unmanned combat air vehicle produced for the military of Iran. According to reports, the UCAV can bomb targets at high speed.[3] It is the first long-range unmanned aerial drone manufactured in Iran.[4]


The long-range drone was unveiled on August 23, 2010 - one day after the activation of the nuclear reactor in Bushehr. Television footage showed the president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad applauding as a blue cloth was pulled back to reveal a short aircraft, painted in military-green with the words Bomber jet on its side. The ceremony was held in a hall of Tehran's Malek Ashtar University.[3] Later, the President Ahmadinejad stated, "This jet is a messenger of honour and human generosity and a saviour of mankind, before being a messenger of death for enemies of mankind."[5]


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Karrar UCAV during its test flight
Another view of Karrar UCAV test flight
Karrar UCAV inauguration ceremony
Karrar UCAV

Iranian state TV said the Karrar has a range of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) and could carry two 115 kilograms (254 lb) bombs, or a precision-guided munition of 227 kilograms (500 lb).[5] The Karrar can also carry four Kowsar light anti-ship missiles or one Nasr-1 anti-ship missile.[6] The Karrar unmanned combat air vehicle is 4 metres (13 ft) long,[7][8] and is powered by a turbojet engine, giving a top speed of 900 kilometres per hour (560 mph).[9] The Karrar uses a rocket assist system to assist in take off and is recovered by parachute.


According to some western military analysis, the Karrar bears a striking resemblance to the MQM-107 target drone designed in the 1970s. According to a report from Denel Dynamics, however, the UCAV has significant design differences including the tailplane.[10]

General characteristics



Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

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  1. ^ "Iran unveils ‘Epic’ new drone". Russia Today. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Iran Shows Off Unmanned, Long-Range Bomber". VOA News. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Vogelaar, Rob (August 22, 2010). "Iran Unveils New Karar Bomber Drone". Aviation News. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Daragahi, Borzou (August 23, 2010). "Iran Reveals its Own Drone". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Iran unveils first bomber drone". BBC News. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Iran Unveils Domestically Produced Bomber Drone". Defense News. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  7. ^ Iran unveils 'unmanned bomber', Aljezeera
  8. ^ "Iran unveils 'ambassador of death' bomber - World news - Mideast/N. Africa - Iran - msnbc.com". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  9. ^ The Associated Press (August 22, 2010). "CBC News - World - Iran unveils its own drone aircraft". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  10. ^ Keith Campbell. "New Iranian unmanned warplane not a SA copy, except, maybe, for the tailplane". Engineering News. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  11. ^ Hamshahri Online

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