India tests new missile to take out enemy radars

India has tested a new indigenous air-launched missile called NGARM, which is designed to destroy a variety of surveillance and radar targets on the ground after being fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter. This new generation anti-radiation missile, with a strike range of around 100 km, is the first indigenous air-to-ground missile to be developed by DRDO, after the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile, which was developed jointly with Russia.

“The missile was tested from a Sukhoi-30MKI on January 18 at the integrated test range in Balasore. The missile, with all systems functioning properly, hit the designated target with a high degree of accuracy. The NGARM can be launched from the Sukhois from different altitudes and velocities,” said a source.

In another test, the DRDO-Navy combine also conducted another test of the advanced Barak long range surface-to-air missile system, jointly developed by DRDO with Israeli Aerospace Industries and Rafael, from destroyer INS Chennai on the high seas.

The supersonic Barak-8 missile system, whose interception range is 70 to 100-km, is in the process of being tested from Indian warships. Once fully operational, the LR-SAM will equip all frontline Indian warships as an all-weather ‘defence shield’ against incoming enemy fighters, drones, helicopters, missiles and other munitions.

“It will be the standard LRSAM or area defence weapon for our warships. PSU Bharat Dynamics is already gearing up for producing the LR-SAM systems in bulk,” said an official. The LR-SAM development project was sanctioned for Indian warships in December 2005, with an initial amount of Rs.2,606 crore, but was hit by several delays.

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