India Achieves Milestone with Successful Test-Firing of RudraM-II Air-to-Surface Missile
India Achieves Milestone with Successful Test-Firing of RudraM-II Air-to-Surface Missile

India has reached a significant milestone in its defence capabilities with the successful test-firing of the RudraM-II air-to-surface missile from a Su-30 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) off the coast of Odisha. The defence ministry confirmed that the flight-testing of the missile met all trial objectives, marking a crucial advancement in India's indigenously-developed solid-propelled air-launched missile system.

Successful Flight Test Validates Indigenous Technologies

The RudraM-II missile incorporates state-of-the-art indigenous technologies developed by various DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) laboratories. The successful flight-test, conducted at around 11:30 hours on May 29, validated the propulsion system and control and guidance algorithm of the missile. The performance of the missile was confirmed through flight data captured by range tracking instruments including electro-optical systems, radar, and telemetry stations deployed at various locations, including on-board ships.

Congratulatory Messages and Future Prospects

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, the IAF, and the industry on the successful test-flight of RudraM-II. He emphasized that this successful test has further consolidated the role of the RudraM-II system as a force multiplier for the armed forces. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, Samir V Kamat also commended the DRDO team for their untiring efforts and contributions leading to the successful flight test.

Rudram Missile - A Game Changer in Air-to-Surface Missiles

Rudram, India's first anti-radiation missile (ARM), is an Air-to-Surface missile developed by DRDO. ARMs like Rudram are designed to detect, track, and neutralize the enemy's radio frequency sources, including radar, communication assets, and other radio frequency sources. The missile uses a navigation mechanism consisting of a satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) and an inertial navigation system. It employs a "passive homing head" for guidance, enabling it to accurately strike targets even if the radiation source switches off during the engagement.

Future Developments and Advanced Versions

While RudraM-1 primarily aims at Suppression of Enemy Air Defences (SEAD), advanced versions like RudraM-2 and RudraM-3 are under development with ranges of 350 and 550 km, respectively. The integration of Rudram missiles with fighter aircraft has been a collaborative effort of various DRDO facilities, IAF formations, and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The development of these missiles began around eight years ago, with plans for future tests and inductions to enhance the IAF's air superiority tactical capability.

The successful test-firing of the RudraM-II missile marks a significant achievement for India's defence capabilities. With ongoing developments and advancements in missile technology, India is poised to strengthen its position in the realm of air-to-surface missile systems, enhancing its national security and defence preparedness.

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