India successfully test-fires Rudram- an Anti-Radiation Missile
India has successfully test-fired the Rudram – an Anti-Radiation Missile on October 9, 2020. It has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile was test fired from its primary test platform Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast.
About Rudram Missile
- The missile will provide air superiority and capability for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft.
- It has been designed for suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD).
- Missile can be launched from varying altitudes.
- It has the capability to destroy enemy surveillance radars, tracking and communication systems.
- The missile is first-of-its-kind air-to-ground missile developed by DRDO for the IAF arsenal. Similar missile named BrahMos is there but it was jointly developed by India and Russia.
- It can easily be integrated and launched with Mirage 2000, Jaguar, HAL Tejas and HAL Tejas Mark 2.
- This new-generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM) have a strike range of around 100 to 150 km.
- Weight of the single-stage missile is 140 kg .
- It has been powered by a dual-pulsed solid rocket motor.
- The missile will create a surveillance gap in the enemy territory.
India’s missile scenario
India has conducted four missile tests recently in the midst of ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China. India has also deployed Nirbhay missiles at the LAC. Approval for the induction and deployment of Shaurya strategic missile has also been given which is a 700-km range surface-to-surface missile. India also tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) recently.