Bhubaneswar: India Friday successfully tested a 1,000 kg glide bomb designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The test took place in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha when the bomb was dropped by an Indian Air force aircraft, an official statement said.

The bomb, guided by its on board navigation system, glided for nearly 100 km before hitting the target with great precision, it said.

The flight of the glide bomb was monitored by radars and electro-optic systems stationed at the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

Avinash Chander, the scientific advisor to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, congratulated all the team members including the air force team for the success of the test.

“The nation today has the capability to design, develop and launch heavy bombs for delivery up to 100 km away with high precision,” he was quoted as saying.

G. Satheesh Reddy, distinguish scientist, added: “The country has now become self-reliant in the area of guided precision bombs.”

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