India successfully test-fires ‘Rudram’ Anti Radiation Missile

New Delhi (NVI): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully flight-tested new generation Anti Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the coast of Odisha.

The missile was flight tested onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

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

The missile 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 RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy, the ministry said.

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.

“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,” read the MoD statement.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated DRDO over the feat. “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,” he tweeted.