New Delhi: India today successfully test-fired Rudram Anti-Radiation Missile developed by DRDO from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast. The Missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The missile will provide air superiority, tactical capability for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft.

Designed for suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), the missile can be launched from a varying range of altitudes for destroying enemy surveillance radars, tracking and communication systems.

“This is a huge step forward,” a senior government official said about the DRDO’s successful test firing. “The IAF will now have the capability to perform SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defence) operations deep into enemy territory to destroy enemy air defence setup,” the official said.

This would allow the IAF’s strike aircraft to carry out their mission unhindered effectively. “This test demonstrates the capability of an Anti-Radiation Missile with large stand-off ranges,” a second official said.

Amid tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India has conducted four missile tests and has also deployed Nirbhay missiles at the LAC.

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The Narendra Modi government has also approved the induction and deployment of the 700-km range surface-to-surface supersonic Shaurya strategic missile.

Recently, India had tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).

The HSTDV will be developed as a carrier vehicle for hypersonic and long-range cruise missiles.

The testing and deployment of indigenous missiles show that the Modi government will not remain silent if China demonstrates aggression to carry out the illegal territorial expansion along the LAC.