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

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

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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.

    New Delhi — 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.

    "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.

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    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201611251047848929-india-commercial-missile/
     
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    Excellent news, great to see India make big strides in domestic production of cutting edge tech.
     
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    Astra
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    Artist's image of Astra.
    Type Air to Air Missile
    Place of origin India
    Production history
    Manufacturer
    DRDO
    Produced Pre Production/Testing [1]
    Specifications
    Weight
    154 kg
    Length 3570 mm
    Diameter 178 mm
    Warhead 15 kg (33 lb) HE fragmentation directional warhead
    Detonation
    mechanism

    Radar proximity fuse
    Engine Solid Fuel Rocket
    Wingspan 254 mm
    Operational
    range

    80-110 km in head on chase
    20 km in tail chase[2][3]
    Flight ceiling 66,000 ft
    Speed Mach 4.5+ [4]
    Guidance
    system

    Inertial, mid-course update and terminal active radar homing (15 km)
    Launch
    platform

    Su-30MKI (ongoing trials).
    HAL Tejas (expected),
    Dassault Rafale (expected),
    HAL AMCA (expected)
    Sukhoi/HAL FGFA (expected),
    Mirage 2000 (expected) and
    MiG-29UPG (expected)
     
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    Publically When it was fired in Iron Fist 2016..that gave the signal that it is almost ready for production.

    However does anyone know how it compares to the other BVR AAM in Indian inventory like Derby and R77 etc.
     
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    You didn't missed anyone, infact this could be our IDF's massive members tagging list which will be copied by everyone. Some people here might know what i am talking about.:mrgreen:
     
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    This image is of the old version of Astra .

    This is MK1 version currently in tests ,
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    randomradio Mod Staff Member MODERATOR

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    It has a bigger and better seeker and outranges all our current missiles. That's about as comprehensive as it can get. :)
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    The Mk-2 version of this missile will come with dual pulse motor and may also have AESA seeker. It will also have nearly same configuration as AMRAAM. The wide chord wings will be replaced by cruciform wings in front instead of present wings which are towards the rear of the fuselage.
     
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    ^^^^^ This is supposedly the MK2 variant ,

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    what a beauty!!!
     
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    I heard modern BVRM don't need fins .is it true?
     

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