DRDO Guided Bomb A Runway and Bunker Killer
On 25 May, the Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a 500 kg class Inertial Guided Bomb today from Su-30 MKI Aircraft from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target with high precision.
One earlier occasions as well the indigenously developed light- weight Glide Bomb, SAAW (Smart Anti Airfield Weapon), was successfully tested from Indian Air Force aircraft in the ranges at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.
The bomb has been developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, along with sister DRDO laboratories and Indian Air Force.
The 100 kms range of the SAAW provides it stand off precision targeting capability of airfields without having to cross the border.
The SAAW is a long-range precision-guided anti-airfield weapon, designed to be capable of engaging ground targets with high precision out to a range of 100 km.
The lightweight high-precision guided bomb is one of the world-class weapons systems designed and developed in the country.
The 120-kg class smart weapon is intended against runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers and other reinforced structures.
After the test of the SAAW in November 2017 then DRDO Chief Dr S Christopher stated that the navigation system that was provided with the bomb will lead to precise targeting.
“So far the bombs we have don’t have precision, so they go by wind condition, weather condition… When you are fighting the enemy, you can’t keep trying hundred times, once you have fired he will know where you are,” Christopher said.
“As the weather and wind conditions change, it is always possible for the bomb to go elsewhere. In this bomb, the guidance system will correct its course and go and land at the same place.
“This is a sort of guided bomb and it will be much much cheaper than a missile or rocket, the reason being that it is not having a propulsion, it is making use of the aircraft’s propulsion. It can go and land in a place we want,” he added.
The 100 kms range of the SAAW provides it stand off precision targeting capability of airfields in close proximity of the borders without actually having to cross the same.