HYDERABAD: DRDO has successfully conducted captive and release trial of indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from Hawk-i of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) off the Odisha coast on January 21.
The smart weapon was successfully test fired from Indian Hawk-Mk132 of HAL. This was the 9thsuccessful mission of SAAW conducted by DRDO till now. It was a text book launch, which met all mission objectives. The telemetry and tracking systems installed at Interim Test Range (ITR), Balasore captured all the mission events, DRDO said.
SAAW is indigenously designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Center Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad. This is 125 Kg class smart weapon, capable of engaging ground enemy airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways etc. up to a range of 100 kms. The high precision guided bomb is light weight as compared to weapon system of the same class. The weapon was previously successfully test fired from Jaguar aircraft.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DDR & D & Chairman DRDO congratulated the teams involved in the successful trial.