|An artist's drawing of Karrar|
|Role||Unmanned combat aerial vehicle|
|Produced||Defense industry of Iran|
Karrar (Persian: کرار karrār, "striker", nickname of Imam Ali, Cousin and Son-in-Law of Prophet Muhammad, the Fourth and Last of the Rashidun of the Sunni, and the first Imam of the Shi'a,) is an unmanned combat air vehicle produced for the military of Iran. According to reports, the UCAV can bomb targets at high speed. It is the first long-range unmanned aerial drone manufactured in Iran.
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. 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."
|Karrar UCAV during its test flight|
|Another view of Karrar UCAV test flight|
|Karrar UCAV inauguration ceremony|
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). The Karrar can also carry four Kowsar light anti-ship missiles or one Nasr-1 anti-ship missile. The Karrar unmanned combat air vehicle is 4 metres (13 ft) long, and is powered by a turbojet engine, giving a top speed of 900 kilometres per hour (560 mph). 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 1970s. According to a report from Denel Dynamics, however, the UCAV has significant design differences including the tailplane.
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- Powerplant: 1 × Toloue-4 or Toloue-5 non afterburner turbojet, 3.7 kN / 4.4 kN ()
- Maximum speed: ~900 km/h
- Combat radius: 1000 km / (400 km when fully loaded) ()
- Endurance: ~1 hours fully loaded
- Hardpoints: 5 in total (4× under-wing, 1× under-fuselage)
- Bombs: One 1000lb or two 500lb bomb(s)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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