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India tests air-to-surface long range bomb with accuracy

After release from the fighter aircraft, the Long Range Bomb guided to a land-based target with accuracy

India tests air-to-surface long range bomb with accuracy VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 29, 2021, 5:19 PM IST
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Defence Research and Development Organisation and the Indian Air Force on Friday successfully flight-tested its home-grown long-range bomb from an aerial platform. After release from the fighter aircraft, the LRB guided to a land-based target with accuracy within specified limits, the DRDO announced.

As per an official, all the mission objectives were successfully met. The flight of the bomb and the performance was monitored by a number of range sensors, including EOTS, telemetry and radar deployed by Chandipur-based Integrated Test Range in Odisha.

Designed and developed by Hyderabad-based DRDO’s lab Research Centre Imarat, the LRB will fulfil the requirements of the Indian Air Force of precision-guided weapons. In 2019, the DRDO had also tested an indigenously-developed 500kg guided bomb from fighter jet Sukhoi-30MKI at Pokhran range in Rajasthan.  

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated the teams associated with successful flight trials and stated that this will prove to be a force multiplier for the Indian armed forces.

HAL delivers 200 gun bay door

Meanwhile, the state-owned aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, too, made a milestone delivery of the 200th gun bay door for the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet. The domestic aircraft manufacturer has been supplying Boeing with the aero-structure for the last 10 years. HAL CMD R Madhavan said that the company had a long-standing partnership with Boeing and that it looked forward to further strengthening its association on military and civil programmes. 
 
"The partnership with HAL exemplifies our commitment to Atmanirbhar Bharat and to the growth of India's defence and aerospace ecosystem. We see tremendous potential for India to contribute to the global aerospace industry as an industrial and technology partner.  This partnership is a testimony to the world-class capability of our industrial partners in the country," said Salil Gupte, President, Boeing India.
 
S Manicka Vasagam, GM (Aircraft), HAL handed over the delivery documents to Ashwani Bhargava, Director-Supplier Development (Boeing India).

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