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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully developed the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), a long-range precision-guided anti-airfield weapon. Now DRDO plans to see that SAAW will be incorporated into a mother missile, known as the Smart Weapon Multi Carrier (SWMC), which will unleash multiple SAAW projectiles to selectively neutralize enemy targets such as ammunition depots while minimizing collateral damage.

This innovative concept of a mother missile with miniaturized missiles equipped with independent seekers significantly enhances the range and versatility of the SAAW system.

The Research Centre Imarat (RCI), a crucial laboratory of the DRDO, has been at the forefront of developing the seeker technology necessary for the integration of the SAAW into the mother missile concept. The seeker ensures independent motion for each miniaturized missile, enabling them to operate autonomously regardless of the mother missile’s movements.

The SWMC, acting as a “force multiplier,” combines the mother missile with multiple SAAW precision-guided munitions (PGMs). The integration of the SAAW into the SWMC enhances the range of the missiles from 100+km to nearly double that distance. This extended range capability enables the SWMC to engage targets effectively while maintaining a safe distance, minimizing the risk to the launching platform.

One of the key advantages of the mother missile concept is its potential for cost-effectiveness. The mother missile can be manufactured at a lower cost, making it feasible to utilize SAAW PGMs instead of Air to Surface missiles for engaging non-priority targets within enemy camps. This approach optimizes resource allocation, ensuring that high-value assets are reserved for critical targets while still neutralizing secondary objectives effectively.

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