India has successfully tested the use of Guided Bombs. Called Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW), the light weight bombs were flight tested from the Indian Air Force aircraft in the ranges of the ITR, Chandipur, Odisha.
The guided bombs have been developed by the Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad along with the DARE, Bengaluru; TBRL, Chandigarh and ARDE, Pune all laboratories under the DRDO (Defence Research Development Organisation) and the Indian Air Force.
During the trials on Friday, the guided bomb which were released from the aircraft and guided through precision navigation system, reached the targets at greater than 70 km range, with high accuracies, according to DRDO scientists.
A total of three tests with different release conditions and ranges were conducted and all were successful. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated the DRDO scientists and IAF for the successful tests.
There are two variants of the guided bombs-Garuthmaa (winged version with range upto 100 kms) and the Garudaa (non winged with range of 30 kms to scalable upto 100 kms). The latter also has on board navigation and guidance systems.
Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, S Christopher congratulated the team and said SAAW will be inducted soon into the Armed Forces. Director General Missiles and Strategic Systems G Satheesh Reddy said it’s a major milestone in the indigenous capabilities to develop guided bombs.
A former director of RCI, he was instrumental in the development of the weapon system which increases aircraft survivability and minimises friendly losses.SAAW are Precision Guided Smart Glide Bombs that can be dropped from a safe distance from the intended target. They are considered Force Multipliers and add Punch to a Force.