Indian Successfully Tests Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and ATGM ‘HELINA’

Indian Successfully Tests Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and ATGM ‘HELINA’

Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

  • Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) were successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range.
  • The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and has destroyed the targets with high precision. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events.
  • This weapon is capable of destroying variety of ground targets using precision navigation.
  • The weapon has undergone eight developmental trials till date and performance of system for different ranges under multiple launch conditions has been demonstrated.

What can SAAW do?

The SAAW was developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI), and other DRDO laboratories in collaboration with the Indian Air Force (IAF). It is a lightweight high precision-guided bomb designed to destroy ground targets, such as runways, bunkers, aircraft hangers and other reinforced structures.

Weighing 120 kg it has deep penetration capabilities, carries a high explosive warhead and has a standoff range of 100 kilometres, which will allow users to strike targets, such as enemy airfields, at a safe distance without putting pilots and aircraft at risk. It is India’s first fully indigenous anti-airfield weapon, being designed and developed wholly by DRDO.

The SAAW can currently be launched from the SEPECAT Jaguar and Su-30MKI aircraft. The Jaguar is capable of carrying six such weapons. There are plans to integrate the weapon with the Dassault Rafale when it is inducted into the Indian Air Force.


  • Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ has been successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter at 1400hrs in the ranges of Pokhran.
  • The weapon system has been tested for its full range.
  • The ‘HELINA’ weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform has tracked the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision.
  • All the parameters have been monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the Helicopters.
  • The Missile is guided by an Infrared Imaging Seeker (IIR) operating in the Lock on Before Launch mode.
  • It is one of the most advanced Anti-Tank Weapons in the world.

About DRDO :-

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Republic of India, charged with the military’s research and development, headquartered in New Delhi, India. It was formed in 1958 by the merger of the Technical Development Establishment and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production with the Defence Science Organisation. It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

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