New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile Rudram-1 which can kill enemy Radars was test-fired successfully by India today morning at 10.30 AM IST.
India on Friday, the 09th October of 2020, has successfully tested the Rudram-1 missile which is comparable to the tactical Air-to-Surface AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile. AGM-88E was inducted in the US Navy in 2017. It was tested from the interim test range Balasore’s off the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha.
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Rudram 1 is a tactical anti-radiation missile which can be launched from Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. The intention is to target the enemy radars and surveillance systems. It is designed for Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) and can destroy enemy tracking systems, surveillance radars, and communication systems launching from a varying range of altitudes.
Rudram 1 has a launch speed of up to 2 Mach which is twice the speed of sound. It is developed by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
On successful launch, Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO team that developed the supersonic-capable missile and tweeted
The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (Rudram-1) which is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile developed by DRDO_India for Indian Air Force was tested successfully today at ITR,Balasore. Congratulations to DRDO & other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 9, 2020
In a statement DRDO said
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,
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 New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGARM), Rudram 1 can be launched from a height of 500 metres to 15 km and can hit radiation-emitting targets within a range of 250 km. Amid tensions in the region, the recent testing of missiles is certainly a clear indication for India’s not so friendly countries which also share the common border, about the military strength as well as technology.