The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be integrating indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) onboard LSP (Limited Serial Production) Tejas to enhance its capabilities to strike ground targets. As per Industrial sources close to, trials might begin in the latter part of this year of the smart weapon system that has a range of 100km and is capable of engaging ground enemies airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways.

SAAW has been tested from Jaguar Strike aircraft, and Indian Hawk-Mk132 of HAL already. SAAW has been tested several times since 2016 and has entered limited-scale production when the Defence Acquisition Council last year cleared an unspecified number of DRDO-developed Smart Anti Airfield Weapons (SAAW) for the IAF and Navy.

New Variant of SAAW under Development

DRDO reportedly is also working on EO/IR seeker for a new SAAW variant that will be equipped with an automatic target acquisition (ATA) capability to overcome GPS-jamming, navigation, and target location errors in the engagement of fixed targets. EO/IR seeker SAAW variant will also be able to cross-check with the mission reference data stored in the weapon’s computer memory in case the target is already being destroyed and will reassign itself to the next target.

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