THE DEFENCE Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Thursday performed a profitable trial of the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) off the Odisha coast from the Hawk-I jet of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This was the ninth profitable take a look at of the system performed during the last 5 years.
A Defence Ministry press assertion Friday mentioned, “The smart weapon was successfully test fired from Indian Hawk-Mk132 of HAL. This was the ninth successful mission of SAAW conducted by DRDO till now. It was a text book launch, which met all mission objectives. The telemetry and tracking systems installed at Interim Test Range (ITR), Balasore captured all the mission events.” While earlier tests have been performed from Jaguar, this time HAL Hawk-1 was used, thus increasing the working scope of weapons system.
Officials mentioned the system belongs to the glide bomb class and its improvement started round 2012-13, with essential inputs from the Indian Air Force and the primary take a look at was carried out in 2016. The weapon is designed to strike floor targets, particularly adversary airfield infrastructure or related strategically vital installations.
The press assertion mentioned, “SAAW is indigenously designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad. This is a 125-kilogram class smart weapon, capable of engaging ground enemy airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways, up to a range of 100 kilometres. The high precision guided bomb is lightweight compared to weapon system of the same class. The weapon was earlier successfully test fired from Jaguar aircraft. DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the teams involved in the successful trial.”
The take a look at of SAAW comes a month after one other weapon system designed to focus on enemy radar and communication property, Rudram, was examined in October final yr. Rudram, India’s first indigenous anti-radiation missile developed for the Air Force (IAF), was successfully flight examined from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter in October, amidst a flurry of missile tests performed by the DRDO.
Rudram, an air-to-surface missile, has been developed to primarily to boost the Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) functionality of the IAF and might detect, observe and neutralise the radar, communication property and different radio frequency sources belonging to the adversary, that are usually their air defence techniques. Anti-radiation missiles are used within the preliminary a part of an air battle to strike at air defence property of the enemy, making certain larger survivability in subsequent strikes.