India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested a One ton (1000 kg) indigenously-developed glide bomb, which successfully hit a target 100 kms away, in the Bay of Bengal off the Odisha coast dropped by a Indian Airforce Aircraft. This test makes the country self-reliant in guided precision bombs.
The bomb designed and developed by DRDO, is guided by an on-board navigation system, glided for nearly 100 km before hitting the target with great precision. The flight of the glide bomb was monitored by radars and electro-optic systems stationed at the Integrated Test Range (ITR).
Unlike missiles, glide bombs have no on-board motor and are therefore far cheaper to build and maintain than missiles. Glide bombs rely on small control surfaces which direct the weapon towards a target as it progressively loses altitude after being released from an aircraft.