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India conducts flight trials of laser-guided bombs

India today said it had conducted two flight trials at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Balasore in Orissa, to test the effectiveness of the guidance and control sytems of laser-guided bombs.


"On-board systems in both the trials worked satisfactorily and the mission objectives have been met," an official press release said.


Indian Air Force (IAF) officers flew the aircraft and released the bombs as per prescribed standard operating procedures, it said.


The Aeronautics Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore has developed the guidance kit for the 1000 lb, laser guided bombs. These are designed to improve the accuracy of air-to-ground bombing by IAF.


The release said a number of tests had been performed both through simulation and flight tests over the last few years to reach the required performance levels.


The bomb, once released, by the mother aircraft at appropriate range, will seek the target and home on to it very accurately and with high reliability.


According to the release, all the necessary on-board components are sourced from Indian industry. Another Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory, the Instruments Research and Development Establishment, Dehradun, has partnered the ADE in this project.


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