DRDO Glide Bombs

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DRDO Glide Bomb
TypeSmart Glide bomb[1][2]
Place of originIndia India
Production history
ManufacturerDRDO[1][2]
Specifications
Mass1,000 kg (2,200 lb)[1][2]
WarheadHE, ICL-20

Operational
range
Winged - 100 kilometres (54 nmi)
Non-winged -30 kilometres (16 nmi)[1][2]
Launch
platform
Sukhoi Su-30 MKI (Testing)[3]

The DRDO Glide Bomb is a product of Defence Research and Development Organisation to deploy a standardized medium range precision guided weapon, especially for engagement of targets from outside the range of standard anti-aircraft defenses, thereby increasing aircraft survivability and minimizing friendly losses.

Development[edit]

The bomb was designed by the nodal Laboratory Research Centre Imarat[4] in Hyderabad, Defence Research and Development Organisation with the help of Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) in Bengaluru, Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) in Chandigarh, Armaments Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune.[1][2] The team designed the bomb specially for Indian Air Force to fill their requirement of precision guided weapons.[1][2]

Variants[edit]

There are two variants of the DRDO Glide Bomb:

  • Garuthmaa - The winged version. It has a range of up to 100 km.[1][3]
  • 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.[1]

Operators[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "DRDO successfully tests 'glide bombs' in Pokhran". Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "India Successfully Tests One Ton Glide Bomb. Why That's Important". NDTV. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b "India tests glide bomb". The Hindu. 20 December 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ "DRDO Tests 1000 Kg Class Indigenous Guided Glide Bomb". pib.nic.in. Retrieved 21 August 2016.