In a major achievement, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully test-fired India’s first anti-radiation missile “Rudram”. The missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet at the Integrated Test Range in Balasore off the east coast.
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday congratulated the DRDO for the “remarkable achievement”.
Rajnath Singh said: “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.”
As per the official statement, Rudram is the country’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile for Indian Air Force, being developed by DRDO, and is integrated on SU-30 MkI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having the capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions.
“It has INS-GPS navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack. The RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pinpoint accuracy. The Passive Homing Head can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed,” the official statement said.
The statement added that the missile is a potent weapon for the Indian Air Force for suppression of enemy air defence effectively from large standoff 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,” the statement said.
India tests 4 missiles amid rift with China
Amid mounting border tension with China, India has conducted four missile tests and has also deployed Nirbhay missiles at the LAC.
The Narendra Modi government has also approved the induction and deployment of the 700-km range surface-to-surface supersonic Shaurya strategic missile.
Recently, India had tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).
The HSTDV will be developed as a carrier vehicle for hypersonic and long-range cruise missiles.
To read the latest news in Gujarati click here