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Hatf-8 Raad Air Launch Cruise Missile

Raad is an Air-Launch Cruise Missile (ALCM) designed and developed by Pakistan. Currently, there are two versions of Raad ALCM active-in-service with Pakistan’s Air Force Strategic Command. Pakistan conducted initial flight tests of Raad-1 ALCM in 2007.

History:

Raad is the only nuclear-capable air launch missile in the Pakistani missile inventory. The development of this missile dates back to early 2000. In 2007, Pakistan Air Force officially announced that it had conducted a Flight test of the country’s first ALCM. That test was conducted by dropping Raad-I ALCM from Mirage-III EA aircraft.

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Three Pakistani state-owned facilities played a vital role in Raad Cruise Missile’s development. Those facilities include

  • Air Weapons Complex (AWC)
  • National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM)
  • National Defence Complex (NDC)

Specifications:

Raad ALCM is powered by a turbojet engine and possesses a “low-altitude, terrain hugging” flight profile and “pinpoint accuracy,” suggesting the presence of an active guidance system.

  • Range: 600 Kilometers
  • Length: 4.85 meters
  • Diameter: 0.5 meter
  • Warhead: High Explosives (HE), Nuclear, Conventional

Cruise missiles are a form of strategic guided missile that flies at a low altitude. The German V-1 missile, which was employed in World War II, was a forerunner to the cruise missile, which was developed in the 1960s and 1970s by the United States and the Soviet Union.

The cruise missile was designed to have a shallow radar cross-section and to hug the ground while traveling at a very moderate pace to its target, and it is capable of carrying either a nuclear or conventional payload.

 

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