India is developing guided bombs or Glide bombs for its fighter jets, which are expected to be geared up for deployment by the end of year 2014.
The fighter planes are supposed to be equipped with indigenously-developed glide bombs, which will be guided to their targets for precision attacks.
The outstanding feature of bomb is that it can be directed towards their intended targets using guidance mechanisms after being dropped from aircraft of the IAF which in turn will allow the IAF pilots to drop the bombs at their intended targets from stand-off distances as the glide capabilities will help in enhancing the range of the bombs.
Some facts about the Guided Bombs
• It is being developed by the DRDO, and will boost India's strike capabilities as targets can be hit even beyond the range of a fighter aircraft
• The bombs being developed are of various payloads including 100 kgs, 250 kgs and 500 kgs.
Two trials for such bombs already have been carried out by DRDO successfully and there are plans to hold more trials in 2013 for proving the capabilities of the ammunition.
DRDO also aims to develop an anti-radiation missile, which will multiply the strike capabilities of the armed forces by destroying the enemy's advance warning system. The Missile can be mounted on Sukhoi fighter planes Su-30 MKI and can detect a radar by tracking its electro-magnetic radiation and pulses generated and these would be independent of the radar wavelength and be able to destroy it.
India and Israel have formed a joint venture under which the IAF and the Navy would get these missile systems.
What is Glide Bomb?
A glide bomb is an aerial bomb with aerodynamic surfaces to give it a flatter, gliding, flight path than that of a conventional bomb without such surfaces. This allows the bomb to be released at a distance from the target rather than right over it, allowing a successful attack without the aircraft needing to survive intact until reaching the target.