Defence Research and Development Organisation has developed a 500-kg class bomb that would be available to the Indian Air Force for use against high-value targets like docks, fortified hunkers, railway yards, cluster of battle tanks, air fields etc. By early next year it will be fully available for commercial production. A senior scientist said, “The design and development of the bomb has been completed and flight trials from Jaguar fighter aircraft have already been completed. Certain trials of the bomb with the SU-30 fighter also have been carried out and the remaining parameters would be evaluated in the coming weeks. It is expected to enter service by March-April 2019.”
According to the top defence sources, the DRDO-developed bomb is made up of specially produced high-grade steel. It is about 10-ft in length and 1-ft in diameter. It is also armed with Torpex-4B type high explosive. The DRDO is looking forward to find a suitable private company in the defence segment to transfer the technology for its commercial production.