DRDO successfully tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon in Odisha

The Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully tested on Saturday the smart anti-airfield weapon system (SAAW), capable of engaging ground targets in a range of 100km from a fighter aircraft, at the integrated test range here in Chandipur. SAAW, an indigenously designed and developed 120kg class smart weapon, developed by DRDO, is a light-weight high precision guided bomb and one of the world class weapons systems, a DRDO statement said. The captive and release trials were tracked by Radar and Telemetry ground stations at ITR during the entire duration of the flight. The performance of all systems were satisfactory with all the mission objectives achieved. Secretary, Department of Defence (R&D) and Chairman, DRDO, Dr S. Christopher, congratulated DRDO and the IAF teams for the successful mission. The government sanctioned the Rs 56.58 crore SAAW project in September 2013. In May, the DRDO conducted the first test on the weapon system from the IAF Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft. Scientific Advisor to RM and DG (Missile and Strategic Systems), DRDO, Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, lauded the scientific community of the DRDO for their efforts towards the design and development of this state-of-the-art smart weapon within the set time frame. In May, the DRDO conducted the first test on the weapon system from the IAF Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft in Bengaluru in Karnataka. The test was carried out by IAF’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE). The trial mode mounting of the SAAW on Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The Union Government had sanctioned the 56.58 crore Rupees for the SAAW project in September 2013. The first test on the weapon system was conducted by DRDO in May 2016 from the IAF Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The test was carried out by IAF’s Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE). Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) had manufactured the trial mode mounting of the SAAW on Jaguar DARIN-II aircrafts.

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