The Indian Air Force opted to move even farther in the direction of more domestically produced defence weapons by submitting a proposal for the purchase of Rudram's next-generation anti-radiation missiles in the amount of Rs. 1400 crore (NGARM). The missiles are essential for search and destroy operations in enemy territory, according to senior defence establishment sources.
According to defence officials speaking to news agency ANI, "a proposal for the procurement of advanced missiles created by the Defence Research and Development Organization is with the Defence Ministry and a high-level meeting would soon be taking a decision on it."
The next-generation anti-radiation missiles have already been put to the test by the Indian Air Force's fleet of Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft, and it was discovered that they are completely capable of destroying enemy radar installations during a war.
The Indian Air Force's fighter planes will be able to hit enemy targets covertly thanks to the technology, according to the officials.
NGARM was created with the technology to track the radar system even when it is not in use and has outstanding accuracy. The Sukhoi-30 and Mirage-2000 are two examples of IAF fighters from which the missiles can be deployed. It is the first anti-radiation missile to be created in-country that travels at Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound.
The anti-radiation, tactical, air-to-surface missiles may lock targets both before and after launch. A passive homing head on the missile monitors radiation sources across a broad frequency range.
The Indian Air Force and India's military readiness, which is advancing toward future battles with indigenous defensive systems, received a significant boost from the missile technology. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, the head of the Indian Air Force, has reaffirmed that the Indian Air Force will prioritise additional "made in India" weapons in light of the lessons acquired from the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
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