HAL-built Hawk-i successfully test fires anti-airfield weapon

Team India Sentinels Thursday 21st of January 2021 06:50 PM

Bengaluru: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on Thursday successfully test fired a Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Hawk-i aircraft off the coast of Odisha.

Developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), the indigenous stand-off weapon is the first smart weapon fired from an Indian Hawk-Mk132.
“HAL has been focusing on the Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign. The Company owned Hawk-i platform is being extensively used for certification of systems and weapons developed indigenously by DRDO and CSIR labs,” HAL CMD R Madhavan said.
Flown by HAL test pilots Wg Cdr (Retd) P Awasthi and Wg Cdr (Retd) M Patel, the aircraft executed the weapon release in a text book manner and all mission objectives were met.

The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events confirming the success of the trials.
Arup Chatterjee, Director, Engineering and R&D, HAL said HAL is indigenously enhancing the training and combat capability of Hawk-i.

“HAL is in discussions with Indian Armed Forces for integration of various weapons on Hawk platform,” the state-owned company said.
The Hawk-i  is HAL’s internally funded program offering  the Indian Armed Forces an upgrade and combat capability for the Hawk, transforming it into an Advanced Jet Trainer providing training on sensors and weapons in peacetime into a potent combat platform during conflict.

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