India test-fires anti-radiation missile Rudram, can destroy enemy radars, communication systems
The missile is a potent weapon for suppression of enemy air defence effectively
Indigenously developed new generation anti-radiation missile, ‘Rudram’, was successfully flight tested on Friday onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
As per the Ministry of Defence, Rudram is the first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF), being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Congratulating DRDO, IAF and other stakeholders for the successful flight-testing of the missile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile(Rudram-1) which is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile developed by DRDO for Indian Air Force was tested successfully today at ITR Balasore. Congratulations to DRDO and other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement.”
The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (Rudram-1) which is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile developed by @DRDO_India for Indian Air Force was tested successfully today at ITR,Balasore. Congratulations to DRDO & other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 9, 2020
The missile is integrated on SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions. It has INS-GPS navigation with the Passive Homing Head for the final attack.
“Rudram missile hits the radiation target with pin-point accuracy,” the Ministry of Defence said.
Giving details about the functioning of the Passive Homing Head, the Ministry said it can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed.
The missile is a potent weapon for IAF for Suppression of Enemy Air Defence effectively from large stand-off ranges.
With this, the country has established indigenous capability to develop long range air launched anti-radiation missiles for neutralising enemy Radars, communication sites and other RF emitting targets.
This is yet another test of indigenously developed weapons systems in addition to the recent tests of Shaurya missile or Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), which is an unmanned scramjet vehicle, or the test of flight test of a Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system.
Earlier in September India tested ABHYAS – High-Speed Expendable Aerial Target and Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun, at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra.