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SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT TESTS OF INDIGENOUSLY-DEVELOPED SMART ANTI-AIRFIELD WEAPONS CARRIED OUT BY DRDO AND INDIAN AIR FORCE

SUCCESSFUL FLIGHT TESTS OF INDIGENOUSLY-DEVELOPED SMART ANTI-AIRFIELD WEAPONS CARRIED OUT BY DRDO AND INDIAN AIR FORCE

Context:

Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) jointly carried out two successful flight tests of indigenously-developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW).

Key Highlights:

  • The two flight tests have been conducted with two different configurations based on electro-optical sensors and satellite navigation.
  • An electro-optical seeker based flight test of this class of bomb has been conducted for the first time in India.
  • The new launcher gave smooth release and ejection of the weapon.
  • The telemetry and tracking systems recorded all mission events throughout the flight.

Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW):

  • IAF aircraft launched the weapon from Chandan ranges at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
  • It was launched on October 28, 2021, and November 03, 2021.
  • It is developed for a maximum range of 100 kilometres and can carry a warhead of 125 kilograms.
  • It has been developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in partnership with other DRDO Laboratories and with support from IAF.

Electro-optical configuration of the system:

  • It is equipped with Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker technology enhancing the precision strike capability of the weapon.
  • The system is developed for a maximum range of 100 kilometres.

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