The Indian Air Force has successfully test fired a home-grown Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), Astra, from Su-30MKI aircraft Wednesday.
The missile was test-fired from Air Force Station, Kalaikunda. The missile successfully engaged a manoeuvring target with high precision meeting the mission objectives. In the series of trials held to date, Astra has been launched in the complete Su-30 flight envelope, the Indian ministry of defense said in a statement.
The flight test assumes significance as it was part of the series of final pre-induction trials. Astra is the best in class weapon system and has undergone more than twenty developmental trials.
Astra is designed for 80-km range in head-on mode and 20 km-range in tail-chase mode. The 3.8 metre long missile, which has launch weight of about 154 kg, uses solid-fuel propellant and a 15 kg high-explosive warhead, activated by a proximity fuse.
Apart from Sukhoi, the missile can be integrated with Mirage-2000, MiG-29, Jaguar and Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).
The Indian Air Force (IAF) test fired the air-to-air missile Astra from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet over the Bay of Bengal Thursday. Defence sources told
The Indian Air Force will be carrying out series of tests of indigenously developed beyond visual range (BVR) air-to-air missile ‘Astra from Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter from Monday. Defence sources told
The Indian Air Force will officially test fire Astra, the Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), from the Su-30MKI aircraft for the first time during the Iron Fist exercise this week. The missile launch will take place on March 18 in the Pokhran deserts in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, TOI reported Monday
Indian Microwave products manufacturer, Astra will form a joint venture with Isreals Rafael defense systems for production and supply of tactical radio communication, electronic warfare and signal intelligence systems. The venture will commence with an investment of $20 million (INR 133 crore) in the first two years
India will be gifting three MiG-21 fighter jets to Russia during the upcoming India-Russia bilateral summit in New Delhi this week. “Three MiG-21s are scheduled to be handed over to Russians based on a request from their Defence Minister to our Defence Minister
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