The Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW), a successful development by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), is about to get an upgrade. The new variant, internally referred to as V2, will be a long-range, standoff, precision air-to-surface weapon with enhanced capabilities.

According to the latest tender documents, the upgraded SAAW V2 will incorporate an Infrared Imaging (IIR) seeker housed in a spinel dome, significantly improving its precision and accuracy. The spinel dome will also protect the seeker from harsh environmental conditions, making it more durable.

The SAAW V2 is expected to have a longer range, allowing it to engage targets from a safe distance. The weapon’s standoff capability means that it can engage targets without putting the aircraft and its crew in harm’s way. The precision-guided capabilities of the SAAW V2 will also ensure that the target is hit with high accuracy, minimizing collateral damage.

This upgrade is a significant development in India’s defence capabilities. The SAAW V2 will provide the Indian Air Force with a state-of-the-art weapon that can be used in a variety of scenarios, from air-to-ground attacks to anti-airfield strikes.

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