A new state-of-the art, anti-radiation missile that can target enemy radars and communication facilities is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
At present there is no such missile in India’s arsenal, while some advanced countries, including the US, Israel and Russia, have such a weapon, top DRDO sources told The Hindu here on Sunday. The government recently gave the go-ahead for the project, and the design work has already begun at one of the key DRDO laboratories here.
Sources added that in any war scenario, radar and communication facilities of the enemy would be the first target.
The new air-to-surface 100-km range tactical missile picks up radiation or signals emitted by radars and communication systems, homes on to the target and destroys the network.
The missile’s front-end comprises a sensor to pick up various radio frequencies. It will be a single-stage, liquid-propelled system, sources said.
The missile is expected to be ready in the next three to five years. After a series of developmental trials, it will be integrated with fighter aircraft, including Sukhoi and Light Combat Aircraft.
DRDO scientists have also started work on developing a 150-km range surface-to-air missile (SAM) as part of its plans to have SAMs of different ranges.
The Akash missile, which has already been inducted into the Air Force and the Army, has an interception range of 25 km. A long range surface-to-air missile (70 km) and a medium range surface-to-air missile (50 km) are being developed in collaboration with Israel. Both the systems are likely to be inducted by the users in two years.
Both the missiles will undergo a series of trials beginning this year.