Raad (air defense system)

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Raad air defence system
Raad air defense system
Type Air defense system
Place of origin  Iran
Service history
Used by


 Iran IRIN
Production history
Designed 2012

3x Taer-2 surface to air missiles
50 km

Raad or Ra'd (Persian: رعد, meaning 'Thunder') is an Iranian aerial Defence system deployed in September 2012 by Iranian weapon experts. The system is designed to enhance Iran's capabilities in terms of defense, and as a partner to Bavar 373 air defense system. According to Fars news agency the Raad, is more advanced than its Russian predecessor and is designed to confront fighter jets, cruise missiles, smart bombs, helicopters and drones. the system is also designed specially for US fighters.[1] The system is equipped with 'Taer' (Bird) missiles, which can trace and hit targets in ranges up to 50 km and in altitudes from 25 to 27 km (75,000 feet), Ra'd is ranked as a mid-range radar system and air defense system.[2] [3]

During Velayat 91 maneuvers on December 2012 Iranian navy successfully tested Raad Air Defense System.[4][5]

On May 2014 IRGC unveiled four different configuration of Raad air defense system, 3rd Khordad TELAR which is equipped with Taer-2B missiles, a phased array radar and is able to control two TELs, Tabas TELAR which features a white dome radar and uses Taer-2A missiles, Alam al hoda TEL which is equipped with electro-optical tracking systems, another system was also seen named Raad-2 which has a new wheeled TEL and uses electro-optical systems on separate vehicles with a range of 80km.[6][7][8][9]

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