India successfully flight-tests anti-radiation missile for IAF

New Delhi: India on Friday successfully flight tested the indigenously-developed Anti-Radiation Missile (Rudram-1), which can hit any radio frequency emitting target.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the Defence Research and Development Organisation and other stakeholders for the successful test of the first indigenous anti-radiation missile for the Indian Air Force.

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“New generation Anti-Radiation Missile (Rudram) was successfully flight tested onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha,” the DRDO said in a statement. The missile was launched from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

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The missile is integrated on the Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions.

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“It has INS-GPS navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack. It hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy,” the DRDO said.

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The Passive Homing Head can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed. The missile is a potent weapon for the IAF for suppression of enemy air defence effectively from large stand-off ranges.

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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 radio frequency emitting targets.

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Earlier this month, the DRDO tested the anti-submarine weapon system, in a boost to naval warfare capabilities.

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