India has successfully tested the New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile Rudram-1 NGARM, India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile (ARM) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for Indian Air Force.
On Oct. 9, the new Rudram-1 tactical anti-radiation missile was test-fired from an Air Force Su-30MKI fighter aircraft, from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Balasore in the state of Odisha.
Rudram-1, also known as the New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGARM), is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile, developed by the state-owned defence R&D agency Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The missile can be launched from a varying range of altitudes for destroying enemy surveillance radars, tracking and communication systems. It is mainly designed suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) mission.
It is euqipped with an INS-GPS navigation(Inertial Navigation System- Global Positioning System navigation), and with passive homing head for terminal guidance capable of detecting, classifying and engaging targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed.
The Rudram-1 NGARM is integrated on Su-30MKI fighter. Its range depends on the altitude at which the fighter is flying; it can be launched from an altitude ranging from 500 metres to 15 kilometres and is capable of hitting radiation emitting targets within a range of 250 kilometres.
The supersonic-capable missile that can be launched at speeds ranging from 0.6 Mach to 2 Mach.
"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 RF emitting targets," said the Press and Information Bureau in a press release today.
PIB added that new missile is a potent weapon for the Indian Air Force for Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) effectively from large stand-off ranges.