On Friday India successfully test-fired Rudram 1 developed by DRDO, it is the tactical anti-radiation missile that the Indian Air Force can launch from its Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets to take down enemy radars and surveillance systems. The speed of the missile launch speech was up to 2 Mach, twice the speed of sound.
TOI reported, the Defence Research and Development Organisation developed the new generation weapon. It was tested at the interim test range Balasore, off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal, at about 10.30 am.
The officials said it was a huge step towards the DRDO’s successful test firing. Due to this, the IAF is now capable to perform SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) operations deep into enemy territory to destroy enemy air defense setup also this would give the chance to IAF’s strike aircraft to carry out their mission unhindered effectively. Further officials mentioned this test demonstrates the capability of an Anti-Radiation Missile with large stand-off ranges.
The New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile, or NGARM, is integrated on Su-30MKI fighter aircraft. Its range depends on the height at which the fighter jet is flying. It can be launched from a height ranging from 500 meters to 15 km and can hit radiation-emitting targets within a range of 250 km.
All radars and Electro-Optical Tracking System tracked the launch and point of impact and the tactical, air-to-surface anti-radiation missile is equipped with a passive homing head that tracks sources of radiation of a wide range of frequencies. It can lock into a target not only before launch but also after it has been launched.