Count­ing sup­pres­sion of en­emy air de­fences (SEAD) as one of the glar­ing gaps in air­borne offensive mis­sions. The DRDO has re­vealed that it is de­vel­op­ing an anti-ra­di­a­tion mis­sile, though it is not yet clear if this will be a multi-role weapon or a stand­off strike weapon. The DRDO has also, in­ter­est­ingly, re­vealed that it is de­vel­op­ing the weapon on a pri­or­ity ba­sis. Also, with no ad­vanced in-house know-how in seeker tech­nolo­gies, it is un­clear just how an ad­vanced weapon of this kind will be de­vel­oped with­out an in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The DRDO cur­rently col­lab­o­rates with Is­rael on the medium- and long-range sur­face-to-air mis­sile projects, with France for the prospec­tive short-range sur­face-to-air mis­sile project and with Rus­sia for the fu­ture vari­ants of the BrahMos, in­clud­ing the re­cently re­vealed BrahMos-3 light weight anti-ship/land-at­tack mis­sile. Sources in DRDO say the new ARM weapon is be­ing de­vel­oped for the Su-30MKI. In­dia al­ready op­er­ates the Rus­sian Vym­pel R-27 ac­tive radar hom­ing mis­sile, and has on of­fer the R-27P anti-ra­di­a­tion air-to-air mis­sile.

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