After confirming the development and maiden trial of the submarine-launched Cruise missile (SLCM) with a range of 402 earlier this year, DRDO is advancing its work on the development of a Air launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) based Variant that can be launched from Fighter jets.
The 1-ton ALCM will come minus its Solid Booster and will need to be ejected from the Pylon It will reduce weight by 300kg making it efficient to be used on any fighter type that IAF desires. DRDO already developed Two more Variant Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) and Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM) that are based on the SLCM. ALCM will feature slightly different airframes that are optimised for Air Launched.
DRDO scientists hope that the ALCM will be able to fly at speeds of Mach 0.7 and have a range of over 500 kilometers. The missile will be equipped with a terminal seeker that will allow it to home in on its target with high accuracy.
The ALCM is expected to be inducted into the Indian Air Force in the next few years. It will be a significant addition to the IAF’s arsenal, as it will provide the force with a long-range, precision-guided strike capability.
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