Rudram: India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile

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  • October 12, 2020
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Rudram: India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Defence; Security

In news

  • Recently, Rudram was successfully flight-tested from a Sukhoi-30 MKI jet off the east coast.
  • It is India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile
  • It is developed for the Indian Air Force.

Important value additions

Anti-radiation missile

  • Anti-radiation missiles are designed to detect, track and neutralise the rival’s radar, communication assets and other radio frequency sources.
  • Such a missile’s navigation mechanism comprises an inertial navigation system coupled with GPS, which is satellite-based.
  • For guidance, it has a passive homing head which is a system that can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies.


  • Rudram is an air-to-surface missile.
  • Designed and developed by: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • Once the Rudram missile locks on the target, it is capable of striking accurately even if the radiation source switches off in between. 
  • The missile has an operational range of more than 100 km.
  • Along with Sukhoi-30 MKI, it can be adapted for launch from other fighter jets too.

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