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Astra: India's first indigenous BVR Air-to-Air missile : UPDATE

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by Manmohan Yadav, May 21, 2014.

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  1. Manmohan Yadav

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    India's first indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air missile 'Astra' was tested successfully recently. The air-launch was captured by side and forward looking high speed cameras.

    All-weather weapon :
    The indigenously developed missile from the DRDO is an all-weather weapon with active Radar terminal guidance.

    Smokeless propulsion :
    According to DRDO, the missile boasts of excellent ECCM features, smokeless propulsion and process improved effectiveness in multi-target scenario.

    Test fired from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI :
    The Astra missile was test fired from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI. The missiles have undergone rigorous testing on Su-30 in the captive mode for avionics integration and seeker evaluation in 2013.

    Modified by HAL :
    The Su-30MKI aircraft of the IAF was modified by the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited along with IAF specialists.

    Importance of Astra :
    The importance of having an indigenous air-to-air BVR missile cannot be over-stated with IAF jets currently armed with very expensive Russian, French and Israeli missiles.

    Project has reached the final stage :
    The project has reached the final stage of testing and evaluation, and the Mk-II variant of the missile with higher range capability is also planned to be tested by the end of 2014.

    Astra test launch :
    India's first indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air missile 'Astra' tested successfully.
     
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