India to commence captive flight trials of its anti-radiation missile


India has reportedly unveiled plans to commence captive flight trials of indigenously developed Anti-Radiation Missile (ARM).

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), the air-to-surface tactical missile will also complete its maiden flight test by May this year.

With a range of 100 to 125km, the missile is capable of targeting the enemy's air defence capabilities by attacking radars and communication facilities.

"Equipped with dual pulse propulsion system, the missile is expected to have extensive engagement capability when compared to other missiles."

During the captive flight trials, DRDO scientists will assess the capabilities of the seeker, navigation and control system besides evaluating structural capability and aerodynamic vibrations.

The trials will be followed by ground testing, which will involve the missile being mounted on a Sukhoi-built Su-30, scheduled to be conducted later this year.

Equipped with dual pulse propulsion system, the missile is expected to have extensive engagement capability when compared to other missiles.

The missile is expected to be deployed on Su-30 and Tejas light combat aircraft.

Currently, countries such as the US and Germany possess the ARM.

Last year, the long range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) jointly developed by India and Israel was successfully test-fired from INS Kolkata.

The missile which intercepted an aerial target during the test launch is set to be inducted into services this year following similar trials from INS Kochi and INS Chennai, reported the publication.