Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), Pune, conducted successful flight trials of the 500 kg General Purpose Bomb during May-June 2017 at Air Force Station, Jodhpur. Testing covered ground adaptation, carriage and handling, limited separation and release of the bomb from Su 30 MK1 aircraft. The bomb exhibited adequate clearances when adapted on stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7a, 7b, 8a and 8b.
During the carriage trials, the aircraft touched the carriage limits of 0.85 at 150 m altitude and completed 6.5 ‘g’ and full roll manoeuvres. Structural integrity of the bomb was found satisfactory after the trials.
The release of the bombs was carried out from station 7 wherein the safe separation has been established and live bomb functioned on impact proving the explosive train.