Kowsar (or Kosar) is a medium-range, land-based anti-ship missile made by Iran. It can defeat electronic jamming systems and "cannot be thrown off course", according to Iranian officials.

The Kowsar designation apparently (Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance 2006) is used to refer to two different missiles: Iranian-produced versions of the PRC C-701 and the TL-10A.

Country Name Origin Year
Iran (Persia) 2006
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Lebanon 2006 2006 View

Some news reports indicate that this was the missile used on July 14, 2006 in the 2006 Lebanon War when Hezbollah fired two at Israeli warships. One of the missiles hit the corvette INS Hanit, causing heavy damage and the deaths of four Israeli servicemen. The other missile hit an Egyptian merchant ship causing heavy damage; it is reported that all the crew survived.

Type Anti-ship missile
Service history
In service 2006
Production history
Manufacturer Iran
Weight 100 kg
Length 2.507 m
Diameter 0.18 m
Warhead 29 kg time-delayed semi-armour-piercing high-explosive
Engine Solid rocket engine
Wingspan 0.587 m (unfolded); 0.450 m (folded)
Operational range 15-20 km
Flight altitude 15-20 m (flight)
Speed Mach 0.8
Guidance system TV-homing, Infra-red, millimetre radar
Launch platform Ground-based vehicles and Zolfaghar class fast attack craft

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