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India successfully develops advanced laser guided bomb

10-21-2010 10:20 BJT

MUMBAI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- India has successfully developed its first type of laser guided bomb (LGB), lifting the precision attack capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF), local media reported on Wednesday.

The LGB was developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and it is part of self-dependency in the advanced weapon developments, Press Trust of India reported, citing an official of the DRDO.

The weight of the LGB is about 450 kg. The bomb contains a laser designator, which could illuminate the ground target and guide the bomb to launch its precise attack, said the official.

LGB is one of the precision-guided munitions. The world's first LGBs were developed by the United States in the early 1960s, and they were first operationally used in the Vietnam War in 1968.

The official of the DRDO said India had already carried out two successful flight trials of LGBs for the IAF to evaluate the effectiveness of its guidance and control system at Chandipur integrated range in the eastern Indian state of Orissa early this year.

Several types of the fighters in the IAF could carry the LGBs for the air-to-ground attack tasks, including Su-30s, Mirage-2000 and MiG-29s.

LGB could greatly improve the aerial striking accuracy on the ground targets. However, LGB's effect would be greatly reduced in the poor weather due to its laser illumination being easily interrupted by smoke, fog or clouds.

Currently, LGBs are one of the most common precision-guided munitions in the world, and widely deployed by the world's air forces, such as the United States, Russia, France and Britain.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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