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HAL tests 125 km weapon with indigenous Hawk-i aircraft off Odisha coast
This 125-kg weapon, developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), was successfully tested by Jaguar aircraft. HAL’s test pilots Retired Wing Commander P Awasthi and Retired Wing Commander M Patel flew from the Hawk-MKI 132 aircraft and tested the weapon.
The test met all mission objectives, HAL said. The government approved in September last year to purchase this smart weapon for the Navy and Air Force.
Plan to be installed in Rafale as well
It is a kind of guided bomb, which will be much cheaper than a missile or rocket. There is a plan to integrate this weapon with Rafale on joining the Indian Air Force. The project was approved by the central government in 2013.
So far nine tests, Rudram has also stood
The first successful test of the weapon was done in May 2016. This was followed by another successful trial in November 2017. This was followed by three successful trials between 16 and 18 August 2018, bringing the total number of trials to eight.
The test conducted on Thursday was 9th. It is noteworthy that the Rudram anti-radiation missile developed by DRDO last year was successfully tested with Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft.