New video shows Iranian suicide combat UAV drone. Patched together with duct tape.

Oct 23 2013 - 14 Comments

Towards the end of September, the Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan announced that Tehran managed to develop and produce a new type drone, dubbed Ra’ad 85 (Thunder 85).

But, unlike all the other Iranian UAVs, Ra’ad 85 is a suicide remotely piloted vehicle capable of destroying both fixed and mobile targets.

According to the commander, the “mobile bomb-like drone” has been produced in various sizes in order to be used against different types of targets, including enemy helicopters.

duct tape

Iran TV has recently aired a video about the brand new UAV/PGM killer drone. What is somehow surprising is that the Iranian drone (whose shape reminds the one of the Mohajer family of UAVs) seems to be patched with duct tape, that is particularly evident in the nose and gear area.

The patches may have been applied during the testing activity and considered the unmanned aircraft will be crashed into its intended target there’s no need to use state of the art technology and materials.

Still, the presence of the duct tape gives an idea of an amateurish project, even if the fact that footage includes scenes filmed inside a ground control station is a sign that Ra’ad is probably something more than a large RC model.

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  • mor

    it was used to seal the hole in which the stabilized EO suite used to be placed reducing considerable tension and drag it might cause. the platform is clearly Mohajer 1 or 2.

  • OG_Locc

    LOL. Iran already has millions of suicide drones. They’re called the Basij.

    • C_Low

      OG they call those guys “muslim cruise missiles”. Why do so many doubt the Iranian’s ability to be rational actors, the fact they have a unit of thousands of men that were founded/built out of the key kids. For those who don’t know the key kids were children given a plastic key on a rope to put around their neck (key supposedly would open the gate to heaven) then sent out on foot to run/walk across mine fields in the face of entrenched Iraqi positions. The idea being they could cut holes in the mine fields, absorb enemy ammo, and maybe even demoralize the enemy by having to slaughter children. Sick people who take religion and twist its meaning for such horrors done to children. These type people are who is now in the leadership Amajab was a baji regular.

  • Farzam Mir

    This is not Raad-85, this is a Mohajer modified by IRGC GF, this video belongs to Great Prophet-8(it is clearly stated in the video)

    Raad-85 is designed by the Army ground force.

  • DutchS

    Duct Tape!! My God, they’re invincible!

  • lol iran

  • Argus

    Trying to scare us by calling it a “suicide drone” and not a “cruise missile”? Next time you do a story about a suicide missile, make sure there’s supposed to be a person inside of it before you call it that!

  • neko2

    It looks like brown plastic packaging tape, not duct tape.
    Not every tape has to be duct tape you know…


    Your sad attempt to imply that using duct tape on these aircraft somehow makes them ineffective flying junk is not something anyone would expect from a “knowledgable” site.


    • OG_Locc

      No – they’re ineffective flying junk regardless. The duct tape was just an observation.

      • bute

        They haven’t prove their effectiveness in combat yet.The tape does not automatically imply those drones are junk.Remember the Soviet cheap and reliable T34 overcame the german technologically superior tanks.

  • Tony baloney

    Duk an cover a gas powered drone is coming it’s a propoghanda film it’s not real it’s wishful thinking the one flying was not the mockup shown a couple years ago they had a new jet fighter built same thing a 1/20th scale toy that the generals sat around gawking at

  • PavePusher

    Iranians use English-alphabet markings on military munitions? Huh…..