New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully flight tested new generation anti radiation missile (RUDRAM) onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
The missile was launched from SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
Being developed by DRDO, the RUDRAM is first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF).
The missile is integrated on SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions, the ministry of defence said.
It has INS-GPS navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack.
The RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy.
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 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.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted his congratulations to the DRDO team that developed the supersonic-capable missile that can be launched at speeds ranging from 0.6 Mach to 2 Mach.
“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 & other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement,” Mr Singh said on Twitter.