A 1000 kg glide bomb designed and developed by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully tested on December 19 in Bay of Bengal of the coast of Odisha.
The bomb, dropped by an Indian Air force aircraft, guided by its 'on board navigation system’ glided for nearly 100 km before hitting the target with great precision.
The flight of the glide bomb was monitored by radars and electro-optic systems stationed at Integrated Test Range (ITR). Multiple DRDO laboratories namely, DARE, Bangalore, ARDE, Pune and TBRL, Chandigarh, with RCI, Hyderabad as the nodal laboratory have contributed towards development of the glide bomb. The complete avionics package and navigation system has been designed and developed by RCI.
The nations today has capability to design, developed and launch heavy bombs for delivery up to 100 km away with high precision, said Dr. Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to RM, Secretary, Deptt. of Def. R&D & DG DRDO.