Noor (missile)

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Noor
Noor missile in Holly Defence Exhibition (2).JPG
Noor missile in a military exhibition, Tehran
Type Anti-ship cruise missile
Service history
Used by Iran
Syria
Production history
Manufacturer Iran
Specifications

Engine turbojet engine
Operational
range
30-170 km depending on the model
Flight altitude Sea-skimming

The Noor is a long-range anti-ship cruise missile manufactured by Iran. This missile is in service with Navy of Iran.

History[edit]

TELs for Noor/Qader missiles. The TEL can be disguised as a civilian truck.

Iran was the first export customer of Chinese C-802 missile. The contract was signed in 1995 but was canceled due to US pressure after 60 missiles had been delivered. After that Iran started a program to reverse engineer C-802.[1]

It is unknown when the program was finished, but in 2000 and early 2001, Iran tested an upgraded C-802 missile during Unity-79 wargames. Officials said that the range of the missile is increased from 30 to 130 kilometres (19 to 81 mi).[2]

The missile is powered by Toloue-4, an Iranian version of the French Microturbo TRI 60 engine.[3]

In January 2004, Iran announced that it has started manufacturing the DM-3B mono pulse radar for Noor missile.[4] According to Iranian officials, DM-3B is a millimeter-wave active radar used in the last stage of missile flight to find the target and home-in the missile on it.[5] Because of its frequency, it is very hard to jam the radar, which is located inside the nosecone.[6]

In 2006, it was announced that the missile's range has been increased further to 170 km (110 mi).[7][8]

In 2011, another variant called Qader was unveiled by Iran with a range of 200 km (120 mi) and the ability to attack coastal targets. A video of the missile hitting its coastal target was published by the Iranian media.[9][10][11]

In early 2012, during Velayete-90 wargames, a Noor missile was tested with improvements in electronic systems, a more jam-resistant radar and better target acquisition algorithms. A Qader missile was also tested in the wargame.[12]

Variants[edit]

  • Basic Noor: Initial reverse-engineered missile with a range of 30 km (19 mi).
  • Noor Phase 2: Improved version with 130 km (81 mi) range.
  • Noor Phase 3: Further increased the range to 170 km (110 mi).
  • Noor Phase 4: Better electronics and computer algorithms.
  • Qader: An upgraded version with the range of 200 km (120 mi).
  • Noor Export Version: A version with the range of 120 km (75 mi).[13]
Firing Noor Missile from a truck launcher in Velayat-90 Naval Exercise

Operators[edit]

Map with Noor operators in blue

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