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Indian Air Force preparing to conduct captive trials of Rudram-III Long-Range Air to Surface Missile from Sukhoi Su-30MKI

Source : IgMp Bureau

Indian Air Force preparing to conduct captive trials of Rudram-III Long-Range Air to Surface Missile from Sukhoi Su-30MKI

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is advancing its Rudram series of air-to-surface missiles with preparations for captive trials of the Rudram-III. HAL Nashik Division, according to sources close to idrw.org, has completed modifications on the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft (SB-214) to facilitate these trials. The Rudram-III, a long-range variant, boasts impressive capabilities at hypersonic speeds.

Rudram-III Specifications

Weighing 1.6 tons, the Rudram-III features a 300-400kg warhead and an impressive 600km range when launched from an altitude of 11km at Mach 0.9. During mid-course, its speed can exceed Mach 6-7, categorizing it as a hypersonic missile. In the terminal stage, its speed remains around Mach 2, approaching supersonic speed. This extended reach and high speed surpass its predecessors, the Rudram and Rudram-II, significantly enhancing the IAF’s strike capabilities.

Aircraft Modifications

The modifications to Su-30MKI aircraft SB-214 focused on stations No. 5 and 6, specifically designed to integrate and test the Rudram-III. These captive flight trials will provide crucial data on the missile’s performance and pave the way for future weaponization efforts.

Target Versatility

Beyond its impressive range, the Rudram-III can engage various targets, including radar installations, bunkers, airstrips, and air hangars. This versatility makes it a valuable asset in diverse combat scenarios.

Future Plans

While the Su-30MKI will initially be the only platform cleared to carry the Rudram-III, plans are in place to equip the Tejas Mk2 with both Rudram-II and Rudram-III variants, excluding the Tejas Mk1A.

DRDO’s Indigenous Missile Program

The Rudram series is part of DRDO’s vast indigenous missile development program. The Rudram and Rudram-II have already demonstrated their capabilities, and the Rudram-III is expected to further enhance the IAF’s air-to-surface strike power with its extended range and versatility.

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