India’s Astra BVR Missile Launch Deferred Due To Technical Glitch

  • Our Bureau
  • 09:14 AM, March 17, 2015
  • 2523

India’s beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAM) Astra missile launch has been deferred on Monday due to a technical snag. The test was scheduled on March 12.

“The pilotless target aircraft (PTA) was flown as per schedule but the missile did not take off due to technical glitches in the system. The missile could not be launched through an unmanned aerial vehicle which was to be used as a target for the missile was flown from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast,” Indian Express Daily quoted a defense official as saying.

A fresh trial will either be conducted either on Tuesday or Wednesday, ITR Director MVKV Prasad was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The missile, sanctioned in 2004 at $1.5 billion, was test fired in May last year over the Arabian Sea off Goa and was declared a success following a host of technical glitches like a defective aerodynamic configuration since its conception.

The BVR missiles are quite complex, with rocket/ramjet propulsion, micro-computers, active radar guidance/inertial navigation systems, terminal radar frequency seekers and the like - since they have to effectively destroy highly-agile supersonic fighters packed with "counter-measures" at long ranges.

Also Read

India To Conduct Final Trial Of Astra BVR Air-to-Air Missile This Week

March 10, 2015 @ 12:32 PM

Will DRDO's ASTRA Missile Be A Contender For the IAF's BVR RFP?

May 5, 2014 @ 01:38 PM

India To Test Fire Astra Missile After Much Delay

July 2, 2013 @ 11:57 AM

India Successfully Flight Tests Astra Missile

December 24, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

BEL - Astra sign MoU for the design and manufacture of microwave...

February 13, 2009 @ 12:00 AM

Tests Of Astra BVR Missile From IAF Su-30MKI On Monday

December 12, 2016 @ 07:44 AM

Astra Air-to-Air Missile Successfully Tested From Su-30MKI Fighter Thrice In Two Days...

May 22, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

Brahmos Missile To Enter Service By 2016

March 19, 2015 @ 09:20 AM

India Sources Su-30MKI Spares Directly From Israel And France

March 18, 2015 @ 10:30 AM