India tests the New Version of SAAW within 100 km range

DRDO AND IAF have successfully conducted an electro-optical seeker based flight test of the indigenously developed smart anti-airfield weapon (SAAW).

India’s indigenous Precisely Guided Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) has been test-fired for the first time equipped with a domestic electro-optical seeker. Finally the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) are successful in doing so. 

SAAW is a precision guided bomb which is designed to destroy enemy runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers, radars and other reinforced structures at a maximum range of 100 kilometers. The test was conducted in two phases, both being successful. 

A second flight test that took place soon followed used the default satellite navigation. Both tests took place at the Chandan ranges in western India’s Jaisalmer on October 28 and November 3, both occasions being a success. 

For the first time in the country for DRDO to conduct an electro-optical seeker based flight test of this class of precision-guided bombs. The electro-optical sensor has also been developed endemically. The electro-optical configuration of the weapon’s system is engineered with Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) seeker technology which aided in amplifying the precision striking capability of the weapon. 

The first launch of the weapon was conducted by an IAF aircraft from the Chandan ranges at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on October 28. The second launch was also conducted by the same, at the same ranges on November 3. The officials explained, “The advanced guidance and navigational algorithms and inbuilt software demonstrated as per mission requirements. The Telemetry and tracking system successfully captured all mission events throughout flight. The performance and reliability of the weapon has been proven. All mission objectives were achieved”. 

SAAW was designed and developed by the DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in coordination with IAF, assisted by the quality and design certification agencies like CEMILAC, whereas weapon’s integration on Aircraft, such as the Jaguar fighters and Hawk advanced jet trainers, was conducted by Hindustan Aeronautics limited