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Ra'ad ALCM (Hatf VIII)
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Ra'ad ALCM on display
Type Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM)
Place of origin Pakistan
Service history
In service December 2007 – Present
Used by Pakistan Air Force
Production history
Manufacturer Air Weapons Complex (AWC)
Unit cost Unknown
Specifications
Weight 1,100 kg
Length 4.85 m

Warhead Conventional HE or nuclear

Engine Turbofan
Operational
range
350 km
Speed Subsonic
Guidance
system
INS, TERCOM, DSMAC, GPS, COMPASS
Launch
platform
Combat aircraft

Ra'ad ALCM (Urdu: رعد) (English: Thunder) is an air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) developed by Pakistan and operational with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Though initially launched from a PAF Dassault Mirage III ROSE combat aircraft during testing, the missile is planned to be integrated with and launched from other PAF platforms such as the JF-17 combat aircraft. The Ra'ad ALCM's current range is stated to be 350 km.[1]

Ra'ad ALCM is designed to attack fixed enemy installations (such as radar posts, command nodes and stationary surface to air missile launchers) at stand-off range, keeping the launching aircraft away from enemy air defence systems. The accuracy of the missile is reported to be comparable to Pakistan's Babur cruise missile, which has "pinpoint accuracy" according to official sources.[2]

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Development and design

After a successful test-launch in 2005 of the Babur (also known as Hatf VII), Pakistan's first cruise missile, it was stated by officials that the Babur would be modified to be launched from airborne platforms. But the Ra'ad ALCM, developed by Pakistan's Air Weapons Complex and NESCOM,[3] appears to be an entirely new missile, as is evident by the new name and a new official designation of Hatf VIII.

Ra'ad ALCM's airframe is designed with stealth capability,[4] [5] provided by the shape of the airframe and the materials used in its construction, to give the missile a low detection probability and allow it to penetrate enemy air defence systems.[1] Designed to carry conventional or nuclear warheads, the missile would most likely be used for precision air strikes on enemy command centres, radars, surface to air missile launchers, ballistic missile launchers and stationary warships.[6]

Operational history

Ra'ad was tested for the first time on 25 August 2007. An official press-release by the military at the time of the test declared that the missile gave Pakistan Air Force a "strategic standoff capability on land and at sea," indicating that Ra'ad may be launched at sea-based targets such as ships, as well as land-based targets.[1][7][8]

On 8 May 2008, Ra'ad ALCM was for a second time, this time fired from a Dassault Mirage III ROSE fighter of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).[9][10]

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