SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) is currently engaged in discussions with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to finalize a contract for the procurement of an indigenously-developed smart anti-airfield weapon. This advanced weapon system has been developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). BDL anticipates receiving orders later this year, with the production of the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) scheduled to commence in 2024-25.
The DRDO has conducted tests for two different configurations of the SAAW. One configuration incorporates satellite navigation and an electro-optical sensor, while the other features an electro-optical system equipped with Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker technology. The inclusion of the IIR seeker enhances the weapon’s precision strike capability, demonstrating its effectiveness in 2021.
The SAAW is designed with a maximum range of 100 kilometres, allowing it to engage targets at a significant distance. The integration of a newly adapted launcher ensures a smooth release and ejection of the weapon. Advanced guidance and navigation algorithms, along with purpose-built software, have been developed to meet the mission’s specific requirements.
The Research Centre Imarat (RCI), in coordination with other DRDO laboratories and with extensive support from the Indian Air Force, has been instrumental in the design and development of the smart anti-airfield weapon. Quality and design certification agencies have also made significant contributions during their development process. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru has undertaken the critical task of integrating the weapon with aircraft platforms.
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