Hatf 8 “Ra’ad”

The Hatf 8 “Ra’ad” is an air-launched cruise missile developed by Pakistan. Pakistan began testing the missile in August 2007 and has conducted several additional tests since, including a reportedly successful flight in January 2016.1

Hatf 8 “Ra’ad” at a Glance

Originated from: Pakistan
Possessed by: Pakistan
Class: Subsonic Cruise Missile
Basing: Air-launched
Length: 4.85 m
Diameter: 0.5 m
Warhead: HE, nuclear, conventional
Propulsion: Turbojet
Range: 350 km
Status: Unknown

hatf 8Launched from a combat aircraft, the turbojet-powered Ra’ad possesses an estimated range of 350 km. According to Pakistani media reports, the Ra’ad possesses a “low-altitude, terrain hugging” flight profile and “pinpoint accuracy,” suggesting the presence of an active guidance system.2 Pakistan initially fielded the Ra’ad on its Mirage III aircraft and aims to integrate the system with its JF-17 fighter.

Imagery of the Hatf 8 indicate a similar design concept to the MBDA Scalp EG/Storm Shadow (Black Shaheen)/Apache,  Taurus KEPD 350, and other air-launched cruise missiles. The missile is estimated to be 4.85 m in length and .5 m in diameter.3

    1. Agence French-Presse, “Military: Pakistan Test-Launches Homegrown Cruise Missile,” Defense News, January 19, 2016, http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/2016/01/19/military-pakistan-test-launches-homegrown-cruise-missile/79032482/; “Hatf 8 (Ra’ad), in IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic 2015-2016, ed. James C. O’Halloran (United Kingdom: IHS, 2015), 173.
    2. Hans M. Kristensen & Robert S. Norris, Pakistani nuclear forces, 2015, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 71:6, 64.
    3. “Hatf 8 (Ra’ad), in IHS Jane’s Weapons: Strategic 2015-2016, ed. James C. O’Halloran (United Kingdom: IHS, 2015), 173.