India on Friday successfully test-fired Rudram 1, the tactical anti-radiation missile that the Indian Air Force will launch from its Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets to take down enemy radars and surveillance systems. The missile encompasses a launch speech of up to two Mach, twice the speed of sound, folks familiar with the matter said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to congratulate DRDO and other stakeholders for the take a look at’s success.
“The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (Rudram-1) which is India’s 1st indigenous anti-radiation missile developed by DRDO for Indian Air Force was tested successfully these days at ITR, Balasore. Congratulations to DRDO and other stakeholders for this exceptional achievement,” the Defence Minister tweeted.
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 DRDO-developed missile can target surveillance radars, steering radars, communication towers, command and control centres and any other radiation-emitting sources.
With this, IAF now has the potential to perform SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) operations deep into enemy territory to destroy enemy air defence setup, therefore that strike aircraft can carry out mission unhindered effectively.
“This could be a huge success,” a senior government official said concerning the DRDO’s successful take a look at firing. “The IAF will currently have the capability to perform SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) operations deep into enemy territory to destroy enemy air defence setup,” the official said.
This would permit the IAF’s strike aircraft to hold out their mission unhindered effectively. “This check demonstrates the aptitude of an Anti-Radiation Missile with giant stand-off ranges,” a second official said.
The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile, or NGARM, is integrated on Su-30MKI fighter aircraft. Its vary depends on the height at that the fighter jet is flying. It can be launched from a height starting from 500 metres to 15 km and will hit radiation-emitting targets inside vary of 250 km.
DRDO scientists said that the missile has been designed to more enhance the Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) capability of the IAF. Anti Radiation Missiles are primarily designed to track and neutralise the radar and communication assets of the adversary. Officials said that the development of the anti-radiation missiles of this sort was started by the DRDO around eight years ago and has been a collaborative effort of varied DRDO facilities in India.
Equipped with state of art radiation tracking and guidance system, the missile system has undergone preliminary tests in the past with the assistance of an operational fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force.
This is nevertheless another test of indigenously developed weapons systems in addition to the recent tests of Shaurya missile or Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), that is an unmanned scramjet vehicle or the take a look at of flight test of a Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system.