INDIA DEVELOPING ANTI-RADIATION MISSILE
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.