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An artist's drawing of Karrar
Role Unmanned combat aerial vehicle
First flight 2009
Introduction August 2010[1]
Primary user Iran
Produced Defense industry of Iran

Karrar (Persian: کرارkarrār, "striker",[2] nickname of Ali, Cousin and Son-in-Law of Muhammad, the Fourth and Last of the Rashidun of the Sunni, and the first Imam of the Shi'a,[3]) is an unmanned combat air vehicle produced for the military of Iran. According to reports, the UCAV can bomb targets at high speed.[3] It is the first long-range unmanned aerial drone manufactured in Iran.[4]

Unveiling[edit | edit source]

The long-range drone was unveiled on August 23, 2010 - one day after the activation of the nuclear reactor in Bushehr. Television footage showed the president of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad applauding as a blue cloth was pulled back to reveal a short aircraft, painted in military-green with the words Bomber jet on its side. The ceremony was held in a hall of Tehran's Malek Ashtar University.[3] Later, the President Ahmadinejad stated, "This jet is a messenger of honour and human generosity and a saviour of mankind, before being a messenger of death for enemies of mankind."[5]

Specifications[edit | edit source]

External images
Karrar UCAV during its test flight
Another view of Karrar UCAV test flight
Karrar UCAV inauguration ceremony
Karrar UCAV

Iranian state TV said the Karrar has a range of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) and could carry two 115 kilograms (254 lb) bombs, or a precision-guided munition of 227 kilograms (500 lb).[5] The Karrar can also carry four Kowsar light anti-ship missiles or one Nasr-1 anti-ship missile.[6] The Karrar unmanned combat air vehicle is 4 metres (13 ft) long,[7][8] and is powered by a turbojet engine, giving a top speed of 900 kilometres per hour (560 mph).[9] The Karrar uses a rocket assist system to assist in take off and is recovered by parachute.

Resemblance[edit | edit source]

According to some western military analysis, the Karrar bears a striking resemblance to the MQM-107 target drone designed in 1970s. According to a report from Denel Dynamics, however, the UCAV has significant design differences including the tailplane.[10]

General characteristics

  • Length: ()
  • Wingspan: ()
  • Height: ()
  • Powerplant: 1 × Toloue-4 or Toloue-5 non afterburner turbojet, 3.7 kN / 4.4 kN ()


  • Maximum speed: ~900 km/h[11]
  • Combat radius: 1000 km / (400 km when fully loaded) ()
  • Endurance: ~1 hours fully loaded


See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Iran unveils ‘Epic’ new drone". Russia Today. 10 May 2013. http://rt.com/news/iran-unveils-epic-drone-076/. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. "Iran Shows Off Unmanned, Long-Range Bomber". VOA News. 22 August 2010. http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/Iran-Shows-Off-Unmanned-Long-Range-Bomber-101251954.html. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Vogelaar, Rob (August 22, 2010). "Iran Unveils New Karar Bomber Drone". Aviation News. http://www.aviationnews.eu/2010/08/22/iran-unveils-new-karar-bomber-drone/. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  4. Daragahi, Borzou (August 23, 2010). "Iran Reveals its Own Drone". Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/world/iran-reveals-its-own-drone-20100822-13ati.html. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Iran unveils first bomber drone". BBC News. 22 August 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-11052023. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  6. "Iran Unveils Domestically Produced Bomber Drone". Defense News. http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4753618&c=MID&s=AIR. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  7. Iran unveils 'unmanned bomber', Aljezeera
  8. "Iran unveils 'ambassador of death' bomber - World news - Mideast/N. Africa - Iran - msnbc.com". MSNBC. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38804551/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/?gt1=43001. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  9. The Associated Press (August 22, 2010). "CBC News - World - Iran unveils its own drone aircraft". Cbc.ca. http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/08/22/iran-drone.html. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  10. Keith Campbell. "New Iranian unmanned warplane not a SA copy, except, maybe, for the tailplane". Engineering News. http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/new-iranian-unmanned-warplane-not-a-copy-of-sa-design-except-maybe-for-the-tailplane-2010-09-10. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  11. Hamshahri Online

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