statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 2 JUNE: India&’s air strike capability could be boosted by next year end with IAF fighter aircraft being equipped with indigenously-developed ‘glide bombs’, which will be guided to their targets for precision attacks.
The first-of-its-kind bomb in the country, being developed by the DRDO, will boost India’s strike capabilities as targets can be hit even beyond the range of a fighter aircraft.
The DRDO is working on developing glide capabilities on the existing bombs of various payloads, including 100 kg, 250 kg and 500 kg. “We are developing glide bombs which can be directed towards their intended targets using guidance mechanisms after being dropped from aircraft of the IAF," said outgoing DRDO chief V K Saraswat. He said these bombs would enable IAF pilots to drop the bombs at their intended targets from stand-off distances as the glide capabilities will help in enhancing the range of the bombs. The DRDO has already carried out two trials of such bombs successfully and plans to hold more trials in the current year to prove the capabilities of the ammunition.
“By the end of the next year, we want to complete all the development trials before offering it to the IAF," he said.