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

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.

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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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  1. 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 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.

  2. 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.

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