India develops first Laser Guided Bomb

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  1. Rage

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    Tests of Indigenous Laser-Guided Bombs

    India Tests Laser-Guided Bombs

    January 25, 2010 at 3:41 am

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    Air Chief Marshall P.V. Naik at a press conference
    with mediapersons on Jan 10, 2010



    Two flight trials were conducted today at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur to test the effectiveness of the guidance and control systems of indigenously manufactured and developed laser-guided bombs. On-board systems in both the trials worked satisfactorily and mission objectives were met.

    Aeronautics Development Establishment (ADE), Bangalore has developed the guidance kit for 1,000 lb. laser-guided bombs. These are designed to improve accuracy of air-to-ground bombing by the Indian Air Force.

    A number of tests have been performed both through simulation and flight tests over the last few years to reach the required performance levels. The bomb, once released, by the mother aircraft at appropriate range, will seek the target and home on to it very accurately and with high reliability.

    All the necessary on-board components were sourced from Indian industry. Another DRDO Lab, Instruments Research and Development Establishment, Dehradun has partnered the ADE in this project.

    Indian Air Force officers flew the aircraft and released the bombs as per prescribed standard operating procedures.


    www.defencetalk.com/india-tests-laser-guided-bombs-23804/
    http://netindian.in/news/2010/01/21/0004971/india-conducts-flight-trials-laser-guided-bombs
    http://www.defense-aerospace.com/ar...sts-locally_developed-laser_guided-bombs.html
     
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  3. Rahul Singh

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    Pic of the LGB!
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    Good development. But I think we need to start working on JDAM like bombs as it doesn't require painting.
     
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    Good progress. But LGB has the disadvantage of not working properly when sky is over clouded. Sky needs to be clear for it function accurately. I'm not sure how well it function in the Kashmir region.
     
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    Nice! Whats name of these Bombs? Any NAM for them till now such as vidhwansak, pralay, kohram etc:cool:
     
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    Its called Sudarshan. Its a laser guidance kit that bolts on dumb bombs. India has thousands of dumb bombs left over from Wars, some as far back as WW2.

    For adverse weather conditions we have Israeli Griffin 3 kits which are similar to JDAM but have lesser range.

    India has also purchased cluster bombs with guidance / WCMD kits to convert them into precision weapons.

    India has also purchased popeye, kh-35 etc. ALCMs for targetting ground targets.
     
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    Good Information, Thanks!

    One thing is there, they name equipment well....I have always loved their naming scheme;)
     
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    depending on the guidance kit they chose. JDAM works both on GPS & LASER kits.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Direct_Attack_Munition

    dd, it worked during kargil. laser guided PGM's were used to good effect by both our mirage (mostly) and jaguar fighters. but yes laser has problems with the weather.
     
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    Dumb bomb works with both. JDAM is the name of the bolt on. When Laser kit is added to it its called Laser JDAM.

    IAF dropped a grand total of 9 LGBs during Kargil.
     
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    i said it myself in the post. i was answering Yusuf"s comment of PAINTING the target with laser kit.

    that is right.
     
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    Well the point is not about the JDAMs having a laser kit as well which requires painting, but its original kit which is GPS guided. It doesn't require additional effort of targeting as in laser which is limited by other factors.
     
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    Sometime ago it was reported in FORCE that ARDE is developing three types of PGM. First was air- nag(Helina), second was laser guidance kit for LGBs(Sudershan) and third was GPS equipped glide kit for converting dumb bomb into standoff weapon with range upto 50km when released from high altitudes.

    This is chinese LS-6 glide bomb. Indian version is expected to look similar with two retractable large wings for gliding and four fin tail section for yaw and pitch control.

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    Laser-guided bombs tested successfully

    http://expressbuzz.com/news/laser-guided-bombs-tested-successfully/161180.html

    Laser-guided bombs tested successfully

    BALASORE: Days after successful trials of nuclear-capable Prithvi-II, Agni-I and ship-launched Dhanush missiles, India today conducted the flight trials of laser-guided bombs (LGBs) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur off Orissa coast.

    Sources said the officials of Indian Air Force successfully carried out two rounds of tests of the LGBs using the newly-developed guidance kit from the Jaguar fighter aircraft. In January two flight trials of the LGBs were conducted from the same defence test facility.

    The flight trials were conducted to test the effectiveness of the guidance and control systems of the LGBs. “The LGBs were released from the aircraft as per prescribed standard operating procedures. On-board systems in both the trials worked satisfactorily and the mission objectives were met,” said an official.

    The flight trials of the LGBs were, however, conducted in a simulated air attack condition. Dubbed as air simulation exercise, the aim and objective of the tests were to provide training to the fighter pilots to use the sophisticated weapons developed by the country besides testing the effectiveness of the system.

    “A number of tests has been done both through simulation and flight tests over the last few years to reach the required performance levels. The bomb, once released by the mother aircraft at appropriate range, will seek the target and home on to it very accurately and with high reliability,” said a defence scientist.

    Bangalore-based Aeronautics Development Establishment (ADE) has developed the guidance kit for the LGBs and it is designed to improve accuracy of air-to-ground bombing by IAF.
     
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    Mate, that's an interesting piece of info on Indian GPS glide bombs. Could you shed some more info on ARDE progress on GPS glide bomb kit ?
     
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    DRDO's laser guided bombs tested successfully by IAF

    New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) The DRDO and IAF have successfully tested laser guided bombs (LGBs) designed and developed indigenously for the air force, which is planning to upgrade a large number of its unguided bombs to the standards of the new weapon.

    DRDO officials said here today that the user trials of the LGBs were successfully carried out at the Pokhran test ranges in Rajasthan desert by the IAF this week.

    "The flight tests demonstrated the accuracy, reliability and performance of the precision air launched bombs," the officials said.

    "IAF is expected to upgrade a large number of unguided bombs to this standard based on the excellent results seen," they added.

    Designed and developed by Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), the tests of the LGBs were conducted after extensive simulation and design validation, they said.

    http://www.ptinews.com/news/703834_DRDO-s-laser-guided-bombs-tested-successfully-by-IAF
     
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    good work on the side of DRDO
     
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    DRDO LGB tested successfully

    DRDO LGB tested successfully..

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    ADE a premier DRDO aeronautical lab at Bangalore has successfully designed, developed & carried out the user trials of laser guided bombs at Pokhran with the participation of users, IAF. Flight tests have demonstrated the accuracy, reliability and performance of these precision air launched bombs. The tests have been conducted after extensive, simulation, design validation, ground experiments followed by series of flight evaluation. A number of high tech components have also been developed by Indian industries for this advanced weapon package. Indian Air Force is expected to upgrade a large number of unguided bombs to this standard based on the excellent results seen today.

    http://tarmak007.blogspot.com/2010/06/drdo-says-laser-guided-bomb-trials-at.html
     
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    Congrats to the DRDO. I have a question though. The US converted its dumb bombs to smart using GPS known as JDAMs popularly. Why did india go with LGBs? GPS guided bombs sure have more op value than LGBs as they don't require to paint the target and also they can't be smoke screened.
     
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    yeah true yusuf, just imagine the situation where we are at war using these GPS guided bombs and USA turning off their GPS.
     
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    india is developing its own gps system
     

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