India’s Home-grown light weight glide bomb, SAAW (Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon) has been successfully tested from an Indian Air Force aircraft at ITR, Chandipur, Odisha.
The guided bomb released from the aircraft and guided through precision navigation system, reached the targets at greater than 70 km range, with high accuracies, The Indian Ministry of Defense said in a statement Friday.
A total of three tests with different release conditions and ranges were conducted and all were successful. The guided bomb is developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI), DRDO along with other laboratories of DRDO and Indian Air Force, the statement said.
Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr. S Christopher congratulated the team and said SAAW will be inducted soon into the Armed Forces.
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