The Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully flight tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), from an Indian Air Force aircraft.
In a statement, the DRDO said, the flight test was conducted at the integrated test range in Chandipur, Odisha. It was flight tested on 24 December 2016.
Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)
• Developed by DRDO, SAAW is an indigenously designed and developed the 120-kilogram class smart weapon.
• This lightweight high precision-guided bomb is one of the world class weapons systems.
• The system is capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 kilometres.
As per reports, SAAW’s captive and release trials were tracked by Radar and Telemetry ground stations at Interim Test Range during the entire duration of the flight. An official release said, “the performance of all systems were satisfactory with all the mission objectives achieved”.
The Rs 56.58 crore SAAW project was sanctioned by the Union Government in September 2013. Earlier in May 2016, the DRDO conducted the first test of the weapon system from Indian Air Force Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft in Bengaluru.
DRDO Chairman Dr S Christopher congratulated both DRDO and IAF team for the successful mission.