DRDO, IAF conduct successful flight tests of anti-airfield weapon in Jaisalmer
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force on Wednesday jointly conducted two flight tests of an indigenously developed smart anti-airfield weapon in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.
Two different configurations of the weapon based on satellite navigation and electro-optical sensors have been successfully tested.
Defence ministry said, Electro-optical seeker-based flight test of this class of bomb has been conducted for the first time in the country. The electro-optic sensor has been developed indigenously.
The weapon was launched by an IAF aircraft from Chandan ranges at Jaisalmer, Rajasthan on October 28 and today.
Electro optical configuration of the system is equipped with Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker technology enhancing the precision strike capability of the weapon. In both the tests, the intended target was hit with high accuracy.
The system is designed for a maximum range 100 kilometres. The newly adapted launcher ensured smooth release and ejection of the weapon. Advanced guidance and navigation algorithms, software performed as per the mission requirements.
The telemetry and tracking systems captured all mission events throughout the flight. All the mission objectives were achieved.
Our correspondent reports, smart anti airfield weapon has been designed and developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in coordination with other DRDO Laboratories and extensive support from IAF. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has complimented the synergistic efforts of DRDO, IAF and the teams associated with the mission.