DRDO, IAF successfully test smart anti-airfield weapon

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admin November 12, 2021
Updated 2021/11/12 at 2:52 PM

On November 3, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted flight tests of a sophisticated anti-airfield weapon developed in-house, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Both satellite navigation and electro-optical sensors-based versions have been successfully tested.

For the first time in the country, an electro-optical seeker-based flight test of this type of bomb was conducted. The electro-optic sensor was created entirely in-house. On October 28, 2021, and November 3, 2021, an IAF aircraft fired the weapon from the Chandan ranges in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, according to a release from the Ministry of Defense.

The system’s electro-optical configuration includes Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker technology, which improves the weapon’s precision strike capability. The targeted target was struck with good accuracy in both tests. The system is intended to have a range of up to 100 kilometres.

The weapon was released and ejected smoothly thanks to the newly fitted launcher. Advanced navigation and guidance algorithms, as well as software that met the mission’s requirements, Throughout the flight, the telemetry and tracking systems recorded all mission events. All of the mission’s goals were met.

In collaboration with other DRDO Laboratories and with significant IAF backing, Research Centre Imarat (RCI) created and developed a smart anti-airfield weapon. Its development has been aided by quality and design certification organisations, and weapon integration has been handled by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh praised the mission’s collaborative efforts between the DRDO, the IAF, and the teams involved. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, congratulated the teams, saying the weapon’s performance and dependability have been proven.

 

Source: India Today

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