HAL recently successfully test fired a Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Hawk-i aircraft. Developed by DRDO lab Research Centre Imarat (RCI), SAAW is an indigenous stand-off and first smart weapon fired from an Indian Hawk-Mk132. Notably, this aircraft launched, advanced, precision strike weapon is of 125 kg category and used to attack and destroy enemy airfield assets such as radars, bunkers, taxi tracks, runways within a range of 100 kms. SAAW has been earlier successfully test fired from Jaguar aircraft.
The Hawk-i is HAL’s internally funded program offering the Indian Armed Forces an upgrade and combat capability for the Hawk, transforming it into an Advanced Jet Trainer providing training on sensors and weapons in peacetime into a potent combat platform during conflict.