DRDO Glide Bombs
|DRDO Glide Bomb|
|Type||Smart Glide bomb|
|Place of origin||India|
|Manufacturer||Defence Research and Development Organisation|
|Mass||1,000 kg (2,200 lb)|
|Winged - 100 kilometres (54 nmi)|
Non-winged -30 kilometres (16 nmi)
|Sukhoi Su-30 MKI (Testing)|
The DRDO Glide Bomb is a product of the Defence Research and Development Organisation to deploy a standardised medium range precision guided weapon, especially for engagement of targets from outside the range of standard anti-aircraft defenses, thereby increasing aircraft survivability and minimising friendly losses.
The bomb was designed by the nodal Laboratory Research Centre Imarat in Hyderabad with the help of Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) in Bengaluru, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) in Chandigarh and Armaments Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune. The team designed the bomb specially for the Indian Air Force to fill their requirement of precision guided weapons.
The DRDO and the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully tested a 1,000 kg glide bomb on 19 December 2014 that covered a range of 100 km guided through its on-board navigation system. The flight path is of the glide bomb was monitored by DRDO radars and electro-optic systems situated at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. On 17 August 2018, the IAF and DRDO did a covert successful trial of Garuthmaa and Garudaa at Pokhran firing range, Jaisalmer.
There are two variants of the DRDO Glide Bomb:
- Garuthmaa - The winged version. It has a range of up to 100 km.
- Garudaa - The non-winged version. It has a range of 30 km and in future the range will be enhanced to 100 km. It has onboard navigation and guidance systems.
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