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Rudram-1 Missile

Rudram-1 Missile:

India has successfully test-fired its first indigenous anti-radiation missile, the Rudram-1, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

  • Rudram-1 Missile is an air–to–surface missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • It is integrated with the IAF’s Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets, serving as the launch platform.
  • It is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile.
  • It features Inertial Navigation Systems (INS)-GPS navigation and a Passive Homing Head for the final attack, allowing it to accurately hit radiation-emitting targets.
  • INS-GPS navigation provides a technological edge, enabling accurate targeting over a wide range of frequencies.
  • The missile can be launched from varying altitudes, ranging from 500 meters to 15 kilometers and has a range of up to 250 kilometers depending on the launch conditions.
  • This flexibility allows the IAF to adapt to different operational scenarios, enhancing its combat effectiveness.
  • This precision is crucial for Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) operations, enabling the destruction of enemy radars and communication sites from long standoff ranges.