Iran: Thunder and Consolation

Iran has commenced production of its Ra’d (‘Thunder’) ground-based air defence radar, according to a statements made by Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the country’s Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The radar is said to have a range of 27nm (50km) and a surveillance altitude up to 21,336m (70,000ft).

Little else is known regarding the capabilities of this new radar, although its reported range and altitude capabilities seem to suggest that it is intended as a medium-range ground-based air surveillance system.

To make matters more confusing, Iran also reportedly produces an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle known as the Ra’d.

Published by Thomas Withington

Thomas Withington is a writer and analyst specialising in electronic warfare, radar and military communications.

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