NEW DELHI: ‘Rudram’, India’s first anti-radiation missile will be ready for induction into service by 2022 and will boost the Indian Air Force’s capabilities to knock out enemy radars and surveillance systems, top officials said on Friday. With the arrival of ‘Rudram’, the strength of the Indian Air Force will be double. The Rudram missile was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the Air Force. The missile was successfully tested on October 9 on Wheeler Island in Odisha. The air-to-surface missile was tested from the Sukhoi-30 aircraft.
The successful test firing of Rudram-1 was seen as a major milestone as it is India’s first indigenously developed anti-radiation weapon. The plan is to make the missile a part of the Air Force by 2022 after conducting six to seven more tests. The missile’s passive homing head can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed. The missile will help the air force take out enemy air defense systems from large stand-off ranges.
“We plan to carry out six to seven more tests before declaring the weapon ready for induction by 2022. The missile’s passive homing head can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed,” the officials said.
The missile will help the air force take out enemy air defense systems from large stand-off ranges. “With this, the country has established indigenous capability to develop long-range air-launched anti-radiation missiles for neutralizing enemy radars, communication sites, and other RF emitting targets,” the defense ministry announced on October 9 when the missile’s maiden test was conducted.
While the Rudram is likely to be tested again from a Su-30 jet by the year-end, India is also developing a new air-launched missile capable of knocking out enemy tanks from a stand-off distance of more than 10 kilometers and a crucial test of the weapon will be conducted in two months