Rudram 1 is the New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile, was test-fired at about 10.30 am, people conversant in the event said.
The test-fired Rudram 1 was successful and the tactical anti-radiation missile that the Indian Air Force can launch from its Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets to require down enemy radars and surveillance systems. The missile features a launch speech of up to 2 Mach, twice the speed of sound, people conversant in the matter said.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation developed the new generation weapon. it had been tested at the interim range Balasore, off the coast of Odisha within the Bay of Bengal, at about 10.30 am.
“This may be a huge breakthrough,” a senior government official said about the DRDO’s successful test firing. “The IAF will now have the potential to perform SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) operations deep into enemy territory to destroy enemy air defence setup,” the official said
This would allow the IAF’s strike aircraft to hold out their mission unhindered effectively. “This test demonstrates the potential of an Anti-Radiation Missile with large stand-off ranges,” a second official said.
The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile, or NGARM, is integrated on Su-30MKI fighter. Its range depends on the peak at which the fighter jet is flying. It are often launched from a height starting from 500 metres to fifteen km and may hit radiation-emitting targets within a variety of 250 km.
All radars and Electro-Optical Tracking System tracked the launch and point of impact, a senior government official told Hindustan Times.
The tactical, air-to-surface anti-radiation missile is provided with a passive homing head that tracks sources of radiation of a good range of frequencies. It can lock into a target not only before launch but also after it’s been launched.
The missile is like the tactical air-to-ground missile AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation missile that was inducted by the United States Navy only in 2017 and may engage relocatable Integrated Air Defence targets and other targets equipped with shutdown capability. this suggests that if the enemy shuts down the radar after the missile is launched, it’ll still hit the target.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted his congratulations to the DRDO team that developed the supersonic-capable missile which will be launched at speeds starting 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,” Rajnath Singh said on Twitter.
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