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ADEX 2022: Jadara targets manportable anti-tank market with Raptor-LA

The Raptor (top) features a Jadara-designed rocket. (Janes/Huw Williams)

Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has developed a new shoulder-fired rocket launcher designated as Raptor-LA.

Speaking to Janes at ADEX 2022 in Baku where the company unveiled the launcher, Jadara's Nidal Sejaja said that work on the system commenced around one-and-a-half years ago and had recently completed.

Sejaja described the Raptor-LA as a company-developed product, save for the sighting system, which is common with Jadara's Nashshab RPG-32. The fin-stabilised 107 mm rocket is a clean-sheet Jadara design, and can penetrate up to 500 mm of rolled homogeneous steel armour, itself protected by an explosive reactive armour, he explained.

Sejaja said that Jadara wanted to develop a wholly made-in-Jordan rocket launcher that offered an enhanced range and armour penetration over existing systems in its portfolio.

The Raptor-LA has not been developed to meet a specific Jordanian military requirement, Sejaja said, noting that the company will be targeting the domestic and export markets.

According to company data, the Raptor-LA can engage targets at ranges between 50 and 500 m and has an all-up weight of 14 kg, with the 38 cm-long launcher unit weighing 3 kg and the rocket weighing 5.6 kg. When fitted with the rocket tube, the Raptor-LA measures 1,073 mm in length. The data states that the launcher has an operational life of up to 200 rounds.

The sighting system fitted to the Raptor-LA features the GS-2R day sight and laser rangefinder and the NV/A-1 night-vision device.

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