India successfully tested a new, indigenous air-launched missile called ‘Rudram-1’, which is designed to destroy a variety of enemy surveillance, communication and radar targets on the ground after being fired from Sukhoi-30MKI fighters.
The new generation antiradiation missile Rudram-1, which will take some time to become operational, has a strike range from 100-200 km depending on the altitude from which it is fired.
The missile, with a launch speed from Mach 0.6 to 2 (twice the speed of sound), was tested from a Sukhoi jet against a ‘radiating target’ on the Long Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast around 11.15 am.
“The Rudram-1 missile, which has INS-GPS navigation with a passive homing head for the final attack, manoeuvred towards the target based on direction detected by the seeker and hit it with pinpoint accuracy. All mission objectives were successfully met,” a DRDO scientist said.
DRDO has conducted a series of tests of different weapon systems in recent days amid the ongoing military confrontation in eastern Ladakh with China. They include the indigenously-developed hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle, extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile (400-km range), among others.