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The Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India is on the brink of achieving a major milestone in its defence capabilities with the impending final user and developmental trials of its Indigenous Anti-Radiation Missile, Rudram 1.

This cutting-edge tactical anti-radiation missile, initially developed for the Indian Air Force, is poised to enhance India’s air defence capabilities significantly. Notably, Rudram 1 is set to be adapted for use with the LCA-Tejas and Dassault Rafale, further expanding its reach and potential.

Rudram 1 is a formidable anti-radiation missile with impressive specifications. Weighing in at 600 kilograms, it packs a potent 55-kilogram pre-fragmented warhead, making it a formidable tool for engaging targets over a significant distance. Its operational range of 150 kilometres positions it as a vital asset for Indian defence forces.

One of the exciting developments on the horizon is the adaptation of Rudram 1 for the LCA-Tejas and Dassault Rafale aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) has already tested the Rudram missile on Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft, and the LCA-Tejas Mk1A has been identified as one of the platforms set to carry this advanced weapon system.

One of the standout features of Rudram 1 is its incorporation of two advanced RF seekers—an innovative passive seeker and a cutting-edge Millimeter Wave (MMW) seeker. These seekers provide Rudram with the capability to detect and engage a wide range of targets, particularly those emitting active radar signals. This level of adaptability is crucial for addressing diverse threats in modern aerial combat scenarios.

Another key feature that sets Rudram 1 apart is its utilization of a Dual-Pulse Rocket Motor. This propulsion system endows the missile with exceptional speed and manoeuvrability. The dual-pulse motor enables Rudram to close in on its targets rapidly and with precision, making it a formidable tool in the realm of air defence.

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