Wednesday, April 14, 2021

India Tests New Anti-Radiation NGARM Missile To Destroy Surveillance Targets

India has successfully test-fired indigenous air-launched NGARM missile which is developed to annihilate a variety of surveillance and radar systems on the ground after being fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter.

NGARM Missiles

This new-generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM), with a strike range of around 100-km, is the first indigenous air-to-ground missile to be developed by the DRDO, after the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile developed jointly with Russia.

“The missile was tested from a Sukhoi-30MKI on January 18 at the integrated test range at Balasore. The missile, with all systems functioning properly, hit the designated target with a high degree of accuracy in the Bay of Bengal. The NGARM can be launched from Sukhois from different altitudes and velocities,” said a source.

On Thursday, the DRDO-Navy combine also conducted another test of the advanced Barak long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system, jointly developed by DRDO with Israeli Aerospace Industries and Rafael, from destroyer INS Chennai on the high seas.

The supersonic Barak-8 missile system, whose interception range is 70-100 km, is in the process of being tested from Indian warships. Once fully operational, the LR-SAM will equip all frontline Indian warships as an all-weather “defence shield” against incoming enemy fighters, drones, helicopters, missiles and other munitions.

“It will be the standard LR-SAM or area defence weapon for our warships, much like the 290-km BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles have become the standard precision strike weapon on them. PSU Bharat Dynamics is already gearing up for producing the LR-SAM systems in bulk,” said an official.

The LR-SAM development project was sanctioned for Indian warships in December 2005, with an initial amount of Rs 2,606 crore, but was hit by several delays. Over a dozen Indian warships are currently equipped with the Barak-I system, “a point defence weapon” with an interception range of just 9-km, acquired from Israel after the 1999 Kargil conflict.

The new LR-SAM system with Barak-8 interceptor missiles, which have “active seekers” for terminal guidance, is a much more advanced version with extended interception range. The ground-based version of Barak-8, which was sanctioned in February 2009 for Rs 10,076 crore, will, in turn, be utilized by the IAF to plug the existing gaps in air defence coverage of the country.

More News at EurAsian Times

Featured News

Russia Eyes Three Potential Customers For Sukhoi Su-57 Stealth Fighter Jets

After some initial hiccups, the Russian fifth-gen Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter jet had drawn considerable attention in international exhibitions earlier this year, with India,...

Russia Ready For An Unmanned Ground Attack With Uran-9 ‘Strike Robot Vehicles’: WATCH

The Russian military is set to deploy its first unit of strike robots -- five Uran-9 robotic systems -- the Russian Ministry of Defence...

Why India Would Be “Keenly Awaiting” Iranian Response To Israeli Cyberattack On Its Nuclear Facility?

Why is India growing apprehensive of China's cyber-warfare capabilities? Recently, Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat said that China has the capability...

WATCH: NASA’s Mars Helicopter ‘Ingenuity’ Opens Its Blades, Gets Ready For Its Maiden Flight On The Red Planet

NASA’s Mars helicopter 'Ingenuity' opened its blades on Thursday in anticipation of its first flight, which is scheduled for April 11. The robotic helicopter...

As India ‘Rethinks’ S-400 Acquisition, Russia Puts ‘Everything On Table’ For Pakistan

As India could be re-evaluating its stand on acquiring the Russian S-400 air defense system fearing US sanctions, its rival Pakistan may have quietly...