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NEW DELHI: The indigenously-developed smart anti-airfield weapon (SAAW), which is a precision-guided bomb designed to destroy enemy runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers, radars and other reinforced structures at a maximum range of 100-km, has been tested twice by DRDO and IAF in recent days.
The first test of SAAW was carried out from an IAF aircraft at the Chandan ranges at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on October 28, with the second one being conducted on Wednesday.
“Two different configurations based on satellite navigation and electro-optical sensors were successfully tested. The electro-optical seeker based flight-test of this class of bomb has been conducted for the first time in the country,” said a DRDO official.
“The electro-optical configuration of the system is equipped with imaging infra-red (IIR) seeker technology to enhance the precision strike capability of the weapon. In both the tests, the intended target was hit with high accuracy,” he added.
The newly adapted launcher ensured smooth release and ejection of the weapon from the aircraft, with the advanced guidance and navigation algorithms and software performing as per the mission requirements. “The telemetry and tracking systems captured all mission events throughout the flight. All the mission objectives were achieved,” he added.
The SAAW, which has been tested around a dozen times now, has been designed and developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in coordination with other DRDO Laboratories, with extensive support from IAF. Defense PSU Hindustan Aeronautics, in turn, has carried out the weapon-integration with aircraft like Jaguar fighters and Hawk advanced jet trainers.

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