Rudram-1 Missile

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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).

About Rudram-1 Missile: 

  • It is an Air – to surface missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • It is integrated with the IAF's Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets which serves as the launch platform. 
  • Features
    • It is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile.
    • It features Inertial Navigation Systems (INS)-GPS navigation and a Passive Homing Head for 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.
    • Range: 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.
    • Speed: Up to Mach 2
    • 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.

Q1: What is the inertial navigation system (INS)?

It is a self-contained navigation technique in which measurements provided by accelerometers and gyroscopes are used to track the position and orientation of an object relative to a known starting point, orientation and velocity.

Source: India successfully test-fires new generation anti-radiation missile ‘Rudram-1’