DRDO to conduct captive flight trails of Anti-Radiation Missile
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to conduct captive flight trials of an advanced, state-of-the-art Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM) in April-May 2016.
During captive flight trials DRDO scientist will evaluate performance of the missile’s heat seeker, structural capability, navigation and control system and aerodynamic vibrations.
Later by end of 2016, actual ground testing will be conducted and later it will be fired from Su-30 during the actual flight trial.
About Anti-Radiation Missile
- ARM is an air-to-surface tactical missile indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) including its heat seeker.
- It is capable of targeting enemy’s air defence capabilities by attacking radars and communication facilities by picking up the radiation or signals from these facilities.
- The missile uses dual pulse propulsion system as in the case of LR-SAM (Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile) instead of thrust propulsion.
- ARM has range of 100 to 125 km and will be mounted on combat aircraft Sukhoi (Su-30) and Tejas-Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
The ARM missile will be inducted into Indian Armed Forces till 2018 after successfully conducting a number of developmental trials. On its induction, India will join other few nations including the US and Germany having ARMs.