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In a move that underlines its commitment to enhancing its aerial firepower, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has recently inked two contracts with an Indian vendor for the supply of air-delivered munitions. While specific details about the order remain confidential, speculation points towards the procurement of long-range glide bombs designed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). These smart bombs mark a significant advancement in precision targeting and offer the IAF a potent edge in modern warfare.

The DRDO has developed two variants of the Long Range Glide Bomb (LRGB) – Gaurav and Gautham. Both of these precision-guided weapons have been engineered to self-navigate, glide over distances, and effectively neutralize enemy targets with a high degree of accuracy. Designed explicitly for the Indian Air Force, these smart bombs address the challenge of engaging targets that are beyond the reach of conventional munitions.

Gaurav, the winged version of the LRGB, weighs in at 1000 kg and boasts an impressive long-range glide capability. On the other hand, Gautham, the non-winged variant, weighs 550 kg and exhibits precise maneuverability even without the added advantage of wings. Despite their differences, both bombs share a common goal: to minimize collateral damage by accurately homing in on their intended targets.

At the core of Gaurav and Gautham’s effectiveness lies the CL-20 technology, incorporating fragmentation and cluster munition capabilities. This innovative approach ensures that upon contact with the target, the bomb fuses proximity and initiates an explosive reaction, maximizing its destructive impact while minimizing the potential for unintended harm.

Gaurav takes precision to new heights with its remarkable 100 km glide range, while Gautham achieves a glide distance of 30 km without the aid of wings. Additionally, Gautham showcases its flexibility by soaring to altitudes of up to 10 km, offering strategic advantages for targeting diverse types of adversaries and installations.

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