India To Get Anti-Radiation Missile Soon

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New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will begin captive flight trails of a radar-destroying missile by April-May 2016. This will be followed by the maiden flight test that will be held by the end of 2016.

The Indian Air Force would be inducting the anti-radiation missile (ARM) within two years, following the completion of all the developmental trails, the Hindu reported, citing sources from the DRDO.

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This indigenously built tactical missile, developed by the Hyderabad-based Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), is an air-to-surface missile (ASM) with a range of 100 km to 125 km.

These state-of-the-art missiles are designed to pick up signals or radiations from radars and communication facilities and target them leading to their eventual destruction. ARM is used to take out surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites during an air raid on an enemy country. The missile will be mounted on India’s frontline air superiority fighters like the Sukhoi Su-30MKI and the indigenous multi-role fighter LCA Tejas.

According to the report, the missile is of indigenous development, including its seeker. The ARMs are currently with only a handful of countries, like the US, Germany, Russia and Brazil.

India’s hostile neighbour Pakistan has the Brazil-made MAR-1 anti-radiation missiles integrated into its JF-17 Thunder and Mirage III/V strike aircraft.

 

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