Hindustan Aeronautics Limited on Thursday successfully test-fired the indigenous Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Hawk-i aircraft, the state-owned company said in a statement.
The test launch happened off the coast of Odisha. The aircraft was operated by HAL test pilots Wing Commander (Retd) P Awasthi and Wg Cdr (Retd) M Patel who executed the weapon released in a "textbook manner", successfully meeting all mission objectives.
The homegrown stand-off weapon, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation's Research Centre Imarat (RCI), is the first smart weapon fired from an Indian Hawk-Mk132, the HAL said in a statement.
The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events confirming the success of the trials.
"The Company owned Hawk-i platform is being extensively used for certification of systems and weapons developed indigenously by DRDO and CSIR labs," R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, said.
The HAL said it was in discussions with Indian Armed Forces for the integration of various weapons on Hawk platform.
With PTI inputs