Successful flight tests of indigenously-developed SAAW
Indian Air Force in joint action with DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) carried out the successful flight testing of smart Anti Airfield weapon.
The Anti Airfield weapon is indigenously developed and there was the conduction of two flight tests. The two different configurations based on satellite navigation and electro optical sensors have been successfully tested.
This is the first time that the Indian country saw the testing of Electro Optical seeker- based flight test of this class of bomb. The Electro Optic Sensor has been developed indigenously.
Aircraft form Indian Air Force launched the weapon from the Chandan ranges at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on 28th of October and 3rd November,2021.
Electro optical configuration of the system is equipped with Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker technology enhancing the precision strike capability of the weapon. In both the tests, the intended target was hit with high accuracy. The system is designed for a maximum range 100 kilometres. The newly adapted launcher ensured smooth release and ejection of the weapon. Advanced guidance and navigation algorithms, software performed as per the mission requirements. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all mission events throughout the flight. All the mission objectives were achieved. Smart anti airfield weapon has been designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in coordination with other DRDO Laboratories and extensive support from IAF. Quality and design certification agencies have contributed significantly in its development and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bengaluru has carried out weapon integration with the aircraft