Defence and Research Development Organization DRDO successfully flight tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon – SAAW
DRDO The Defence and Research Development Organization successfully flight tested Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft at integrated test range in Chandipur, Odisha.
At the time of test, the captive and release trials were tracked by Radar and Telemetry ground stations at Interim Test Range during the entire duration of the flight.
The performances of all systems of SAAW were satisfactory meet and all the mission objectives were achieved.
About Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW):
⇒ Indigenously designed and developed 120 kilogram class smart weapon.
⇒ DRDO has been developed this weapon. It is capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 kms.
⇒ Thus, it gives IAF edge to hit adversary airfields with high precision from a safe distance.
⇒ The light weight high precision guided bomb.
⇒ It is one of the world class weapons systems that can be used to destroy runways, aircraft hangers, bunkers and other reinforced structures.
⇒ The Union Government had sanctioned the 56.58 crore Rupees for this SAAW project in Sep 2013.
⇒ The first test on the weapon system was conducted by DRDO in May 2016 from the IAF Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
⇒ The test was carried out by IAF’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).
⇒ Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had manufactured the trial mode mounting of the SAAW on Jaguar DARIN-II aircrafts.