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India’s First BVR Missile Astra on Verge of Commercial Production

Discussion in 'Indian Air Force' started by R!CK, Nov 26, 2016.

  1. R!CK

    R!CK 2nd Lieutant Technical Analyst

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    The successful public firing of the home-made missile has set the stage for its commercial production from next year. The Astra will replace some of the French, Russian and Israeli air to air missiles.


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    — Indian Air Force is expected to receive country's first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) Astra by the end of this year. Indian defense scientists had set this revised timeline due to delay in getting critical components. The scheduled date of completion of the project was September 2012.

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    "The project was delayed because of technological challenges and delay in availability of critical components but now it is expected to be completed in December 2016," Dr. Subhash Bhamre, India's Minister of State for Defense informed the Parliament.

    Indian Air Force Sukhoi 30 MKI jets had fired the Astra during the Ìron Fist' fire-power demonstration in the deserts of Rajasthan this March. India is planning to integrate `the Astra missiles on its next generation Tejas light combat aircraft.

    The Astra will allow IAF jets hit aerial targets up to 60 km away. Indian scientists at DRDO are also developing a more powerful BVRAAM Astra Mk 2 with a range of 100 km.

    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201611251047848929-india-commercial-missile/
     
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    Ah! Thanks @R!CK something to cheer about on a lousy Saturday morning!:biggthumpup:
     
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  3. Blackjay

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    Bad news ahead....

    Astra’ goes up in smoke
    By Hemant Kumar Rout | Express News Service | Published: 08th December 2016 02:04 AM |

    Last Updated: 08th December 2016 05:04 AM | A+A A- |

    BHUBANESWAR: Two missions by two premier organisations on Wednesday. One achieved a stupendous success and another failed miserably.


    While Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched RESOURCESAT-2A satellite from Sriharikota, Astra missile, developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), reportedly exploded immediately after it was fired from an aircraft. Defence sources said the air-to-air beyond visual range missile, which was fired from an aircraft, veered off the trajectory and nose-dived before causing a huge explosion on ground.

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    “It was a user trial of the missile by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The missile lost velocity within a few seconds after the firing, then it slipped from intended trajectory and dropped down rapidly. It latter exploded on the sea beach causing huge noise and smoke,” a source said.


    The impact of the explosion was so high that the vibration was felt inside houses in Balasore town, nearly 15 km from the test range and people heard a boom. Jayakrushna Sarangi, a life planner, said there was a big noise and it appeared as if an aircraft had crashed. “Since the city is close to the test range, we often hear the sound of missile and shell testing, but this was huge,” he said.


    The anti-aircraft missile, which is claimed as more advanced than the similar class of missiles of the US, Russia and France, also had failed to deliver the desired results during its developmental trials in May, 2011.

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    Indeed bad news :(
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Captain Technical Analyst

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    User Trails ? Isn't it done after IAF accepts it into service?

    And since no other source is reporting it , I take it with a bucket load of salt.
     
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    I hear it's true. But no sources to share.

    Good Day!
     
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    Pathetic reporting.

    What kind of idiot is this reportor who would seek sully such domestic R&D efforts in such a way? The missile is still in the DEVELOPMENT/TEST stage, it isn't in operational service, tests fail sometimes but lessons are always learnt and applied, most of the time you learn more from mistakes anyway.
     
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    Newindianexpress continuously reported slash was a failure earlier too.
     
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    The missile hit the ground and a big blast happened so strong that windows upto 15 KM area felt the effect! They even reported that people are habitual of missile tests but this was a yuuuuuuge blast.

    Even nuclear bomb dont have that kind of radius :D this is the level of reporting for our defence journo. If it was 90's without internet they would have published ballistic missile with nuclear warhead fired from Tejas failed.
     
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    NewIndianExpress has a habit of reporting missile tests as failure even when DRDO reported them as success ..... So it's not a reliable source .
     
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    The Traitorous kind
     
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    IAF lines up series of sleek ‘Astra’ trials from tomorrow

    Published December 11, 2016 SOURCE: ENS Indian Air Force (IAF) is slated to carry out a series of captive trials of indigenously developed beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile ‘Astra’ from a fighter aircraft from Monday. Defence sources said the missile will be fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft targeting a Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) at different altitudes from different angles over the Bay of Bengal to reconfirm the killing efficiency of the all-terrain and all-weather weapon system. The anti-aircraft missile, considered one of the best of its kind in the world, will be tested for three days. Altogether, three rounds of the missile have reportedly been planned to be test-fired. The focus is on to achieve success during all the three trials this time as a coordinated air exercise on Wednesday reportedly ended in failure as the missile nose-dived after it was fired from the aircraft and exploded on the sea beach causing enormous noise. The missile was first tested from the aircraft at a naval range in the western sector on May 4, 2014. ‘Astra,’ which possesses high single shot kill probability making it highly reliable, is the first homegrown missile to be fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI. “The captive trials are aimed at establishing the compatibility of the missile’s electronics with the Su-30MKI avionics. Apart from Sukhoi, the missile can be integrated with Mirage-2000, MiG-29, Jaguar and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA),” a defence official said. The single stage, solid fuelled ‘Astra’ missile is more advanced in its category than the contemporary BVR missiles and is capable of engaging and destroying highly manoeuvrable supersonic aerial targets. The 3.8-metre long missile, which has a diameter of 178 mm, can carry about 15 kg of high-explosive warhead, activated by a proximity fuse and be fitted to any fighter aircraft. ‘Astra’ is a futuristic missile and can intercept the target at super-sonic speed of Mach 1.2 to 1.4. The sleek missile, capable of ducking radar eyes, is the smallest of the missiles developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). After its induction, the missile will be one of the best of its kind in the world in 100 km range

    idrw.org .
    http://idrw.org/iaf-lines-up-series-of-sleek-astra-trials-from-tomorrow/#more-117897 .
     
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