Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon Tested


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

The Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully flight tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), from an Indian Air Force aircraft.

In a statement, the DRDO said, the flight test was conducted at the integrated test range in Chandipur, Odisha. It was flight tested on 24 December 2016.

Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

• Developed by DRDO, SAAW is an indigenously designed and developed the 120-kilogram class smart weapon.

• This lightweight high precision-guided bomb is one of the world class weapons systems.

• The system is capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 kilometres.

The Rs 56.58 crore SAAW project was sanctioned by the Union Government in September 2013.  Earlier in May 2016, the DRDO conducted the first test of the weapon system from Indian Air Force Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft in Bengaluru.

About SAAW

Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon, SAAW, is long-range, stand-off, precision air to- surface weapon (125 kg class) capable of engaging ground targets for launch from Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircrafts.


Anti Airfield Weapon is a munition that can penetrate the concrete runways to make big crater which makes the runway unusable by the fighter jets to go Airborne mission . The First such Operation was Performed by the Israeli's in the Six day War by Striking the Egyptian Air bases. which makes the IAF to get complete air superiority over the Egyptian air space.

The DRDO has developed such munitions with latest technology. named Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon SAAW to destroy enemy Air field and forcing the fighter jets to keep inside the hangers. this SAAW can be launched from JAGUAR which can fly Lo Lo Lo profile by carrying some six such weapons to destroy enemy Runways. HAL Says
Trial mod implantation of Smart Anti airfield Weapon (SAAW) on Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft
The bomb can be launched from the mother aircraft, which can directly points the Runways, the warhead in the bomb penetrate some feet in the runway before getting explode. The same method used by almost all runway denial bombs.

But most of the countries using more than two runways for airborne operations. even so many fighter jets are nowadays can be operated from public transport highways too.


Monday, 26th Dec 2016, 06:53:48 AM

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