An indigenously developed long-range bomb was successfully flight-tested from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet by DRDO and IAF on Friday. While DRDO did not specify the LRB’s exact range, this class of weapon is designed to hit targets around 100 km away.
“The LRB, after release from the fighter, was guided to a land-based target at a long range with accuracy within specified limits. All the mission objectives were successfully met,” said a DRDO official. “The flight of the bomb and the performance was monitored by a number of range sensors including electro-optical tracking systems, telemetry and radar deployed by the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha,” he added.
The LRB has been designed and developed by the Research Centre Imarat, a DRDO laboratory at Hyderabad in coordination with other laboratories.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, IAF and other teams associated with LRB’s successful flight trial, stating that it will prove to be a force-multiplier for the Indian armed forces. DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy said the flight-test marked an important milestone in indigenous development of this class of systems.