Karrar Combat Drones

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Iran recently unveiled advanced Karrar combat drones armed with air-to-air missiles, enhancing its air defence capabilities.

About Karrar Combat Drones

  • It is an Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) developed by Iran.
  • It is the first long-endurance, combat-capable Iranian drone.
  • It will be strategically deployed along border areas, providing air defense units with the capability to intercept and neutralize hostile aerial threats at significantly reduced costs compared to traditional manned fighter sorties.
  • Features:
    • The Karrar drone, which was first introduced in 2010, has an operational range of up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles).
    • It has a maximum speed granted by its turbojet installation of 560 miles per hour.
    • It reportedly boasts a service ceiling altitude of 47,000 feet.
    • Lacking any retractable or fixed undercarriage, the Karrar is launched via rocket-assist (with a catapult launching rail) and is recovered by way of a parachute-retarded freefall.
    • It has been equipped with the Majid thermal missile with a range of 8 kilometers.
    • The Iranian-made Majid air defense missile features advanced thermal and optical seekers, enhancing its tracking and interception capabilities.

Q1) What is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)?

An UAV is an aircraft that carries no human pilot or passengers. UAVs—sometimes called drones—can be fully or partially autonomous but are more often controlled remotely by a human pilot. RAND research has contributed to the public discussion on the use of drones for warfare and surveillance.

Source: Iran unveils advanced Karrar combat drones armed with Majid air-to-air missiles, to be used along border