India successfully flight-tests ‘Rudram’ anti-radiation missile off Odisha coast

Bhubaneswar:  India successfully flight tested the ‘Rudram’ Anti-Radiation Missile from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha on Friday.

The RUDRAM is first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF), being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

“The missile is integrated on SU-30 Mk1 fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having 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 pin-point accuracy, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

“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, ” it added.

Anti-radiation missiles are designed for use against enemy’s radars.

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.

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

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter to congratulate DRDO for the test.

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