India on Friday successfully test-fired its indigenous ‘Rudram’ Anti-Radiation Missile from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed the Missile.
‘Rudram’ is the country’s first indigenous Anti-Radiation missile for Indian Air Force that has been developed by DRDO. The missile is integrated on Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft as a launch platform. It has the capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions, local media quoted DRDO as saying.
“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 and other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.
The missile is likely to be integrated with the Sukhoi fighter jets of the Indian Force once the missile is ready for induction. The missile was test-fired at the integrated test range at Balasore in Odisha around 10:30 AM, officials were quoted as saying by PTI.
In May last year, the Indian Air successfully test-fired the aerial version of the BrahMos missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a much-desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions. The IAF is also integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets which is aimed at bolstering the overall combat capability of the force.