DRDO successfully flight-tests guided bomb

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 24 May 2019 successfully flight tested a 500 kg class Inertial Guided Bomb from the IAF’s frontline Su-30 MKI fighter at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.

The defence ministry said the guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target with high precision.

The test firing of the guided bomb came two days after the Indian Air Force successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF’s combat capability. The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.

On 17 May, the Indian Navy and the DRDO had successfully test-fired a Man-Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) that incorporates advanced features like an image infrared radar seeker with integrated avionics from the Pokhran test range.

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