4.SMART ANTI AIRFIELD WEAPON
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted asuccessful trial of the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)off the Odisha coast from the Hawk-I jet of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
- This was the ninth successful test of the system conducted over the last fiveyears.
- The system belongs to the glide bomb category and itsdevelopment began around 2012-13,with crucial inputs from the Indian AirForce (IAF) and the first test was carried out in 2016
- DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) Hyderabad.
- The weapon is designed to strike ground targets, especially adversary airfieldinfrastructure or similar strategically important installations.
- This is a 125-kilogram class smart weapon, capable of engaging ground enemyairfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, and runways, up to a range of100 kilometres.
- The high precision guided bomb is lightweight compared to weaponsystems of the same class.
Other Related Development:
- The test of SAAW comes months after anotherweapon system designed to target enemy radar and communication assets,Rudram, was tested in October 2020.
- Rudram, an air-to-surface missi le, has been developed to primarily toenhance the Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) capability ofthe IAFand can detect, track and neutralise the radar, communication assetsand other radio frequency sources belonging to the adversary, which are generallytheir air defence systems.