The aircraft dropped 1,000 kg laser-guided bombs on terror training camps, completely destroying them, reports said.
in the recent LoC incursion.
Does the IAF have 1000 kg smart bombs, or is this propaganda?
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According to this redacted CIA report from 2011, they didn't possess precision-guided munitions then, but were trying to acquire some. On page 14 of the PDF:
Because the Indian Air Force currently does not possess state-of-the-art bombing computers or precision-guided air-to-ground munitions, its contingency plans probably call for several sorties against each target to increase the chance of success. India is seeking precision-guided munitions for its aircraft, but, until such missiles are obtained, the Air Force would have to use its inventory of 225- and 450- kilogram bombs in a preemptive strike.
This article from 2016 reports about a domestic Indian firm that was beginning to produce precision guided weaponry locally. It also suggests that India was already importing such munitions at the time:
Emerging private firm OIS Advanced Technology (OIS-AT) will partner with Sagem of France to manufacture the munitions, which India currently import from Israel, France, Russia and the United States for its fighters.
It was also reported that India was able to broker a deal with Russia in 2018 to purchase 240 KAB-1500 bombs. According to Wikipedia the mass of each is "about 1,500 kg," with the previous source reporting that the bomb's warhead weights "1100 kilograms".
According to Wikipedia, the Indian Air Force has had the Sudarshan laser-guided bomb in service since 2013. It's a 450kg laser-guided missile. Taking that into account, it doesn't seem that far-fetched that they have a 1000kg bomb now (6 years later).
Indeed laser-guided bombs aren't that special. From the same Wikipedia page:
Laser guided bombs were first developed by United States in 1960s. Later, Russia, France, and Britain also developed them. Laser-guided bombs are called "smart bombs" because they can follow a non-ballistic trajectory when laser designation of the intended target is done.