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Recent tenders issued have revealed a clear Schematic design of upcoming long-range Air to Surface missile systems with a range of up to 550km. Integration of RudraM-III Missile on Su-30 MKI aircraft (NonUMC) is already in progress and nearly 20 units are being fabricated to be used for the developmental trial of the new missiles system.

RudraM-III program was sanctioned in 2017 with developmental trials to begin in 2022 for 485 crores. DRDO is also working on RudraM-II and RudraM-IIA which are also Air to Surface missiles with a range of up to 250-350km.

RudraM-III, RudraM-II, and RudraM-IIA along with RudraM-I are components of the Rudra family of Air to Surface missiles developed by DRDO that will be carried on by all future fighters of the IAF from the LCAAF-Mk2 onwards including Tejas Mk1A. RudraM-I has been classified as an anti-radiation missile with a range of 150-200km. RudraM-III is often classified as the air-launched quasi ballistic missile with a hypersonic terminal stage by defense analysts in India but this information is yet to be confirmed.

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