New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday successfully tested an indigenously-built lightweight ‘glide bomb’ at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha’s Chandipur.
A glide bomb or stand-off bomb is a standoff weapon with flight control surfaces to give it a flatter, gliding flight path than that of a conventional bomb without such surfaces. This allows it to be released at a distance from the target rather than right over it, allowing a successful attack without the aircraft needing to survive until reaching the target. The weapon can be used to destroy bunkers, runways, aircraft hangers and other reinforced structures.
The weapon can be used to reach the targets at greater than 70 km range, with high accuracies Designated as the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), the bomb released from the IAF aircraft was guided through precision navigation system. According to an official statement, the ‘glide bomb’ reached the targets at greater than 70 km range, with high accuracies. As many as three test-fires were conducted with different release conditions and ranges.
The bomb has been developed by the DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in collaboration with DRDO’s other laboratories and IAF. Following the success, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the IAF team and the DRDO scientists.