Precision smart anti-airfield weapon tested successfully by DRDO and IAF
The weapon with a precision targeting system is designed for a maximum range 100 kilometres
Two flight tests of an indigenously-developed smart anti-airfield weapon, which is equipped with satellite navigation and electro optical sensor for precision targeting, have been carried out successfully over the past week.
The tests have been carried out successfully by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The two different configurations were tested on Wednesday and last Thursday.
"This is the first time that 'electro optical seeker' based flight test of this class of bomb has been conducted in the country," said the Ministry of Defence.
The electro optic sensor has been developed indigenously.
The weapon was launched by an IAF aircraft from Chandan ranges at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on October 28 and November 3, the ministry said.
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.
Accord to the defence ministry, the 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.