Next Gen Anti-Radiation Missile Launched Off A Sukhoi

Anti Radiation Missile - RUDRAM
A new generation Anti Radiation Missile - RUDRAM being launched off a Sukhoi fighter jet. Source: IAF

A new generation Anti Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) was successfully flight tested onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha on Friday.

The missile was launched from a Sukhoi SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The RUDRAM is first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF), being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The missile is integrated on SU-30 MKI 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.

Anti Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) -  Aviatorsbuzz
A new generation Anti Radiation Missile – RUDRAM moments after being launched off a Sukhoi fighter jet . Source: IAF

The RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy. 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 Air Defence effectively from large stand-off ranges.

With this, the country has established indigenous capability to develop long range air launched anti-radiation missiles for neutralising enemy Radars, communication sites and other radio frequency (RF) emitting targets.

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Deputy Editor, AviatorsBuzz Aditya Anand in his nearly two decades of Journalism experience has tracked Aviation, Travel, and Hospitality closely and reported on it for major publications like The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror, and MIDDAY.