India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 19 December 2014 successfully tested an indigenously built 1000 kg glide bomb. The bomb had successfully hit a target 100 km away in the Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast.
The bomb was dropped by an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft in the ocean. It glided for nearly 100 km before hitting the target with great precision. The bomb was guided by an on-board navigation system.
The flight of the glide bomb was monitored by radars and electro-optic systems stationed at Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district, about 230 km from Bhubaneswar.
About the Glide Bomb
• The glide bomb was designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
• Multiple DRDO laboratories including Avionics Research Establishment (DARE), Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) have contributed towards development of the glide bomb.
• The complete avionics package and navigation system for the testing of bomb was designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI).
When: 19 December 2014
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