DRDO and Indian air force flight test long range bomb

Team from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed Long-Range (LR) Bomb on October 29, 2021.

Key Points

  • Long-Range Bomb was tested from an aerial platform in Odisha’s Balasore.
  • It was release from the IAF fighter aircraft and was guided within specified limits, with accuracy to a land-based target.
  • Flight of the bomb and performance was monitored with the help of a number of range sensors, telemetry & radar and Electro-Optical Tracking System deployed by the Integrated Test Range.
  • Bomb has been designed & developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad in association with other DRDO laboratories.

Research Centre Imarat (RCI)

RCI is a DRDO laboratory, established in Hyderabad, Telangana. It is responsible for Research and Development of Missile Systems, advanced Avionics and Guided Weapons for Indian Armed Forces. The lab was established in 1988 by APJ Abdul Kalam. U Raja Babu is the current head of RCI. It is a global frontrunner in navigation systems and developing avionics for missiles. It is the leading laboratory that has successfully spearheaded the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) programme of the India & Israel. Its field of research is “Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP).

Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)

IGMDP was an Indian Ministry of Defence programme for conducting research and development of comprehensive range of missiles. It was managed by the DRDO and Ordnance Factories Board.

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