DRDO successfully tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon in Odisha

DRDO Tests Rs 56 Cr Missile That Can Destroy Enemy Airfields 100 Km Away

CHANDIPUR: The Defence Research and Development Organisation has successfully flight tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an Indian Air Force aircraft at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Odisha coast. Capable of engaging ground targets with high precision covering a range of around 100 kms, SAAW is an indigenous designed and developed class smart weapon weighting 120kg. The high precision guided bomb is considered to be one of the world class weapon systems available. Designed and developed in the country, the 120-kg class smart weapon is used to destroy runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers and other reinforced structures.

Its long standoff range of 100 km will allow the IAF to hit adversary airfields with high precision from a safe distance. “The captive and release trials were tracked by radar and telemetry ground stations at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha during the entire duration of the flight.

The performance of all systems was satisfactory with all mission objectives achieved,” said the release. The lightweight high-precision guided bomb is one of the world class weapons systems, the release said.

Tracked by the Radar and Telemetry ground stations at the ITR during the entire flight duration, the performance of all systems were recorded satisfactory and achieved all the missions, as expected. Soon after the successful accomplishment of the trail, Secretary Department of Defence (R&D) & Chairman, DRDO, Dr S. Christopher congratulated the entire DRDO and the Indian Air Force teams.

The government sanctioned the Rs 56.58 crore SAAW project in September 2013. DRDO Chairman Dr S. Christopher congratulated the DRDO and the IAF teams for the successful mission.

In May, the DRDO conducted the first test on the weapon system from the IAF Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft in Bengaluru in Karnataka.

The test was carried out by IAF’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE). The trial mode mounting of the SAAW on Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Scientific Advisor to RM and DG (Missile and Strategic Systems), DRDO, Dr G.Satheesh Reddy also praised the scientific community of DRDO for their dedicate efforts towards the design, development and execution of this state-of-the-art smart weapon within the set time frame.

India’s first fully indigenised anti-airfield weapon test was conducted in May 2016, taking a lead in the development and testing of its ‘First Fully Indigenised’ Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon. The first successfully test was launched from a Jaguar aircraft towards the end of first quarter of May by the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore.

Israel is also among one of those countries which intends to sell these smart bombs and is already started marketing the same. Interestingly, the country is yet to taste success in these weapons.

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