|Raad (Hatf VIII)|
|Type||Air-launched cruise missile (ALCM)|
|Place of origin||Pakistan|
|Used by||Pakistan Air Force|
|Manufacturer||Air Weapons Complex (AWC)|
|Warhead||HE, Nuclear, Conventional|
|Ra'ad test flight|
|Zoomed in view from TV image|
|Ra'ad on Display|
|Ra'ad during Pakistan Day Prade|
|Youtube video of Ra'ad test launch|
Development and designEdit
Ra'ad is developed by Pakistan's Air Weapons Complex and NESCOM. The missile's current range is stated to be 350 km. The missile uses stealth technology, has a range of 350 km and is designed to carry conventional or nuclear warheads. As per media reports, the missile has features including low-altitude, terrain hugging missile with high maneuverability. The missile would probably be tasked for precision attacks on high value targets including command centres, radars, surface-to-air missile launchers, ballistic missile launchers and stationary warships.
The first test of the missile was conducted on 25 August 2007. A second test was conducted on 8 May 2008, when it was fired from a Dassault Mirage III ROSE fighter of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). A third test was carried out on 29 April 2011 from a Dassault Mirage fighter. The fourth test was carried out on 30 May 2012. A fifth test of the missile was carried out on 2 Feb 2015. A seventh test was carried out on 19 January 2016.
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