Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)
Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

DRDO tested the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), from an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft.

SAAW, an indigenously designed and developed 120 kg. class smart weapon, developed by DRDO, is capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 kms.

The light weight high precision guided bomb is one of the world class weapons systems.

Highlights of Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

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.

 SAAW, an indigenously designed and developed 120 kg class smart weapon, developed by DRDO, is a light-weight high-precision-guided bomb and one of the world class weapons systems.

SAAW weighs around 125-150 kgs and has a strike distance of 80-100 kms. The weapon will lend a supreme power to Air Force as this means the IAF can hit adversary airfields with high precision and from a safe distance.

Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)
Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

In addition, its high explosive warhead with deep penetration capabilities can easily destroy even the steel reinforced concrete runways and make it impossible for the enemy aircraft to even take off while being controlled from the cockpit.

It is an Air to Surface weapon and can be launched from Jaguar and Su-30 aircraft. In future, the same can be integrated to the French Rafale aircraft being imported by the IAF.

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 .

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The DRDO  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 Low profile by carrying some six such weapons to destroy enemy Runways.

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.
The smart bomb is indeed the first hundred per cent ‘Made in India’ weapon.
 Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)
Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)
All the prestigious missile and weapon systems etc always had imported components and even involved Transfer of Technology in many products, but only in SAAW, India can brag of complete indigenized production starting from the material to the technology as well as all the systems and the sub-systems.

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