India tests smart anti-airfield weapon for 10th time


India tests smart anti-airfield weapon for 10th time
DRDO Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) being test fired from LCA Tejas (File Photo) 

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Thursday conducted a successful trial of the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) in the Pokhran Ranges of Rajasthan as per information provided by the Delhi Defence Review. This could be the 10th time successful mission of SAAW conducted by DRDO till now.

SAAW belongs to the glide bomb category and its development began around 2012-13, with crucial inputs from the Indian Air Force and the first test was carried out in 2016. DRDO is also working on an Electro-optical seeker variant of the SAAW that will ensure high accuracy of <3m.

SAAW is a 125-kilogram class smart weapon, capable of engaging ground enemies airfield, assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways, up to a range of 100 kilometers. The high precision-guided bomb is lightweight compared to a weapon system of the same class.

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