Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon
SAAW is long-range, stand-off, precision air to- surface weapon (125 kg class) capable of engaging ground targets for launch from Jaguar and Su-30 MKI aircrafts.
Anti Airfield Weapon is a munition that can penetrate the concrete runways to make big crater which makes the runway unusable by the fighter jets to go Airborne mission . The First such Operation was Performed by the Israeli's in the Six day War by Striking the Egyptian Air bases. which makes the IAF to get complete air superiority over the Egyptian air space.
Actually the Israeli's and French jointly Developed a Munition called Matra Durandal, which is on Testing phase, however Israeli's managed to get the missiles before it gets certification from trails. The missiles makes impressive reulsts to the Israeli's by destroying the Egyptian runways completely. later Israel destroyed many of the Egyptian gets on the ground.
The DRDO too looking to develop such munitions with latest technology. named Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon SAAW to destroy enemy Air field and forcing the fighter jets to keep inside the hangers. this SAAW can be launched from JAGUAR which can fly Lo Lo Lo profile by carrying some six such weapons to destroy enemy Runways. HAL Says
- Trial mod implantation of Smart Anti airfield Weapon (SAAW) on Jaguar DARIN-II aircraft
The bomb can be launched from the mother aircraft, which can directly points the Runways, the warhead in the bomb penetrate some feet in the runway before getting explode. The same method used by almost all runway denial bombs.
But most of the countries using more than two runways for airborne operations. even so many fighter jets are nowadays can be operated from public transport highways too.
Current Status of SAAW by MoD as on April 2016.
All subsystems are in final stages of realisation/ testing. Aerodynamic studies and Phase I Wind tunnel testing has been completed. Trial was conducted at Rail Track Rocket Sled (RTRS) test facility, TBRL Ramgarh to evaluate the ‘wing opening mechanism’ of SAAW in September 2015.