After the successful launch of the Agni V Missile, India is now developing an Anti-Radar Missile (ARM). This will significantly boost the country’s strike capabilities by destroying the enemy’s Advance Warning Systems.
ARM Missiles are one of the most advance missiles in the world and only the US has successfully fielded such sophisticated weaponry in it’s inventory.
Development of the ARM is being undertaken on priority basis by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), which specialises in the missile development. The ARM missile can detect a radar by tracking it’s electro-magnetic radiation and home on the target to destroy it.
The proportional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile’s nose.
The ARM Missile which is currently in use by the US Air Force travels at a speed of over Mach 2 and is propelled by a smokeless solid propellant rocket engine.
The ARM missiles can be mounted on India’s front line Su-30 MKI, 140 of which have already been acquired by India from Russia and around 100 more are expected to be delivered in due course of time.
Other projects being undertaken on priority basis by the DRDO are Long Range Air-to-Air Missile and Short Range Surface-to-Air Missile.
Operationalisation of the third regiment of BrahMos missile for Army, its integration with Su-30 MKI as also underwater trials from pontoon are also on the priority list. DRDO is also working on early static validation trials of Pinaka MK-II rocket, with an extended range of 60 kms, along with user trials of its warhead.
Fitted with a variety of warheads like anti-tank mines and blast-cum-pre-fragmented high explosives, Pinaka can destroy an area of 350 sq kms.
Army has already raised two regiments of Pinaka and more are planned.
Flight trial of ‘Prahar’ missile as tactical battlefield surface-to-surface weapon system is also in the pipeline.