Indian Air Force

India tests anti-radiation missile to target enemy air defence, amidst China conflict

Photo: Next Generation Anti-Radiation Missile on board Sukhoi combat jet

New Delhi: India today said it has successfully flight tested a locally made anti-radiation missile from its air force’s Sukhoi combat jet that has the capability to suppress enemy air defence effectively, amidst a border conflict with China in the Ladakh region.

The key, new generational weapon system was successfully flight tested to attack a radiation target, located on the Wheeler Island of the Odisha coast, a Ministry of Defence statement said.

Launched from an Indian Air Force‘s Su-30MKI combat aircraft, the Anti-Radiation Missile, christened RUDRAM, is the first indigenous weapon system of this kind developed for the air force by the Defence Research and Development Organsiation (DRDO).

“The RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy,” the statement further said.

The missile is integrated on Su-30MKI 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 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’s Air Defence effectively from large stand-off ranges, the statement added.

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