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India tests indigenous Astra BVR Air to Air Missile on SU-30MKI

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  1. tusharm

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    India tests indigenous Astra BVR Air to Air Missile on SU-30MKI

    New Delhi: India today test fired its first indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) Air-to-Air missile ‘ASTRA’ from an Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI aircraft from a Naval range in the western sector meeting all the mission objectives. “The air-launch was captured by side and forward looking high speed cameras and the separation was exactly as per the simulation. ASTRA is India’s first BVR Air-to-Air Missile indigenously designed and developed by DRDO, possessing high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) making it highly reliable. Astra is an all aspect, all weather missile with active Radar terminal guidance, excellent ECCM features, smokeless propulsion and process improved effectiveness in multi-target scenario making it a highly advanced, state-of the-art missile.” said a DRDO statement.

    DRDO chief Avinash Chander said “Astra’s successful launch from the Su-30 combat aircraft is a major step in missile aircraft integration. Extensive flight testing that has preceded today’s air launch was indeed a joint effort of DRDO and IAF. This will be followed by launch against actual target shortly. Many more trials are planned and will be conducted to clear the launch envelope. Weapon integration with ‘Tejas’ Light Combat Aircraft will also be done in the near future.”

    Dr. V.G. Sekaran, Director General (MSS) chaired the Flight Readiness Review Committee along with S Som, Director, DRDL, P Venugopalan, former Director, DRDL and others. Dr. K Tamilmani, Director General (Aeronautics) who has overlooked the entire flight safety in the program said that quality of integration and performance is of high standards and there was no doubt in the success of the launch. He further added that this is the beginning of the phase for demonstration of launch over a wide air-launch envelope. The Project Director Dr. S. Venugopal said that “the Air Launch of ASTRA was perfect in all respect and is a culmination of years of effort by a very dedicated and competent team of the Missile Complex, Hyderabad, CEMILAC and Indian Air Force. HAL carried out the modification in Su-30 along with IAF specialists, and many Indian industries have an important and enabling role in the production of reliable avionics, propulsion system, materials, airframe and software passing stringent airworthiness requirements for the missile.”

    The missiles have undergone rigorous testing on Su-30 in the captive mode for avionics integration and Seeker evaluation in 2013. The project has thus reached the final stage of testing and evaluation, and the Mk-II variant with higher range capability is also planned to be tested by the end of 2014.


    India tests indigenous Astra BVR Air to Air Missile on SU-30MKI

    Congrats , DRDO

    awesome smokeless pics with magnificent flame color
     
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    Congrats for the first test, now for the next and then the induction ASAP
     
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    it looks great with that smoke less propulsion and that beautiful colour of that flame and our sukhoi in the background.
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