SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
DRDO finally confirmed some of the features of Air-Launched RudraM-II and RudraM-III that are under development to be equipped on some of the fighter jet types that are in the Indian Air Force inventory. DRDO officials told idrw.org that most of the design and development work on this missile have been completed and developmental trials from the two modified Su-30MKI will commence soon.
RudraM-II has been designed to be operational with Su-30MKI and Mirage-2000 and has a range of 300km when the missile is launched from 15km altitude at Mach 0.8. RudraM-II has a solid rocket motor for its propulsion and has INS+SATNAV for navigation. RudraM-II has an IIR seeker and can carry a 155kg or 200kg warhead that can be used to take out radar installations, bunkers, airstrips, and air hangers. RudraM-II has a peak speed of 5.5 Mach and a Terminal stage speed of 0.9 Mach.
RudraM-III is a 1.6ton air-to-surface missile that has a range of 600km when the launched from 11km altitude at Mach 0.9. RudraM-II has a peak speed of 5.5 Mach and a Terminal stage speed of 1.5 Mach. RudraM-III has two stage solid rocket motor for its propulsion with a 300-400kg warhead. RudraM-III can be used to take out radar installations, bunkers, airstrips, and air hangers. According to officials, only Su-30MKI will be cleared to carry this weapon system for the time being, and later will see both RudraM-II and RudraM-III in Tejas Mk2 but not on Tejas Mk1A.
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