The Ra’ad (not to be confused with the Pakistani Ra’ad cruise missile) is a land attack cruise missile likely developed by modifying the Chinese HY-2 (CSSC-3 ‘Seersucker’). Iran acquired the HY-2 missiles starting in the late 1980s. The program was announced in 2004. The Ra’ad is essentially a HY-2 airframe, with a modified rear fuselage, and a new turbojet engine. The missile also has two air inlets on either side of the airframe.

Ra’ad at a Glance

Originated from: Iran
Possessed by: Iran
Class: Subsonic Cruise Missile
Basing: Ship/ground launched
Propulsion: Turbojet
Range: 150 km
Status: Operational
In service: 2004

ra'adThe guidance system is not entirely known, but it is believed to rely on active-radar terminal homing, and it may also include a dual-mode seeker unit. The range is reportedly 150 km.

The current model is developed for ground and ship-launched platforms, although future variants may include an air-launched system.1 The Ra’ad is currently deployed along the Iranian coast and on various vessels.2


  1. Hewson, Robert. “Ra’ad Cruise Missile.” Jane’s Air-Launched Weapons. April 20, 2012.
  2. Nuclear Threat Initiative, “Country Profiles (Iran).” February, 2013.http://www.nti.org/country-profiles/iran/delivery-systems/
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