Bhubaneswar: India on Friday successfully flight tested its new generation anti-radiation missile ‘Rudram-1’ from a fighter aircraft off Odisha coast.
Indigenously developed Rudram-1 was test-fired from Sukhoi-30 MK1 fighter aircraft at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur of Balasore district. The missile successfully hit a radiation target located on Wheeler Island with pin-point accuracy.
Rudram-1, India’s first indigenous missile, has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is integrated on SU-30 MKI 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 air-to-ground missile with a strike range of 100 to 150 km can take down enemy radars. It weighs 140 kg and is powered by a dual-pulsed solid rocket motor.
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 Indian Air Force (IAF) for suppression of enemy air defence from large stand-off ranges.
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.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO on success of test-fire of the missile.