The Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully conducted the flight test of the 120 kg class smart weapon, Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an IAF aircraft. The flight test was carried out from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha. SAAW was indigenously designed and developed by DRDO. SAAW is capable of destroying ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100km. The trial was tracked by Radar and Telemetry ground stations at Interim Test Range (ITR), Chandipur. During the flight, all mission objectives were achieved by SAAW. The light weight precision guided bombs are one among the world class weapons systems.
The 9th edition of Indo – Russian Bilateral Naval Exercise, INDRA NAVY will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 14 to 21 December 2016. It is an annual bilateral maritime exercise held between Indian Navy and Russian Navy. The objective of this exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies and to enable sharing of best practices between both navies. The Indian Navy will be represented by INS Ranvir a guided missile destroyer, INS Satpura and INS Kamorta an indigenous Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) corvette.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has given initial operational clearance (IOC) to the upgraded Jaguar Darin-III twin-seat aircraft. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), certification agencies, trial team of the Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) and other agencies are involved in upgrading Jaguar from Darin-I (Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation) to Darin-III standard. This is a part of IAF’s modernisation plan to upgrade four decades old Jaguar fighters which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons like French Mirage 2000s.
The upgraded Jaguar has been equipped with world-class avionics system and incorporates Open System Architecture Mission Computer (OSAMC), Fire Control Radar, Solid State Digital Video Recording System (SSDVRS), Autopilot with Alt Select & HNAV and Identification of Friend or Foe (IFF) etc.
Upgraded jaguar will enable improvement in data handling and overall capabilities. The upgrade will boost the already dwindling IAF’s fleet of combat aircraft. MiG-21s and MiG-27s have already retired, forcing the IAF to close down their squadrons. Upgradation made for the nuclear-capable Jaguar will make it fly for another two decades.
HAL is an aerospace and defence company based in Bangalore. It is under the management of the Ministry of Defence. It is involved in design, fabrication and assembly of aircraft, jet engines, helicopters and their spare parts.
Jaguar is an Anglo-French built fighters originally used by the British Royal Air Force and French Air Force. The Jaguar fleet of the IAF is based at the Ambala air force station.
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