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India Successfully Test Fired 1st Anti-Radiation Missile ‘Rudram’ from Sukhoi-30 Fighter Aircraft

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On October 9, 2020, India successfully test-fired its first indigenous anti-radiation missile, Rudram 1, a New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGARM) integrated on Su-30MKI fighter aircraft of Indian Air Force. Developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), this air-to-surface missile was tested at the interim test range Balasore, off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal.

  • It has been designed for suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD).
  • The missile will provide air superiority, tactical capability for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft.

Features:

Range: It depends upon the height at which the fighter jet is flying. It can be launched from a height ranging from 500 metres to 15 km.
Target Range: It can hit radiation emitting targets within a range of 250 km.
Length: Approximately 5.5 meter
Weight: 140 kg

Key Points:

-It has INS-GPS (inertial navigation system-Global Positioning System) navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack.

  • Passive Homing Head can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed.

-During the test-fire, the weapon hit the radiation target with pinpoint accuracy.

-DRDO is also working on Rudra M2 and Rudra M3 projects which have been approved in 2016-17.

Recent Related News:

i.On September 07, 2020, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) using the Indigenously developed Scramjet Propulsion System in its second attempt.

ii.On September 22, 2020 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS – High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore, Odisha.

About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):

Chairman – Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi