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DRDO conducts all 5 successful trials of Air-to-Air Missile ‘Astra’

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) ‘Astra’ from Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha. These trials were held from 16-19 September 2019 and were conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF) against Jet Banshee target aircraft simulating all possible threat scenarios.

Key Highlights

The 5 trials conducted during 16-19 September tested missiles in different configurations and all the subsystems performed accurately met all mission parameters and objectives.

During the trial campaign, 3 missiles were launched in combat configuration with warhead and manoeuvring targets were neutralized to establish the end game capability of missile. The trials also included a direct hit of the target by telemetered missile at maximum range.

The missile has completed the user trial phase of weapon system successfully.

The present flight trials have proved the end to end performance of missile system in various combat scenarios thus giving greater confidence to users.

The 5 successful trials of Astra will culminate into induction of missile system into Indian Air Force (IAF), which will certainly be a force multiplier considering its accuracy and effectiveness in neutralizing aerial threats.

About ASTRA

It is a state-of-the-art BVRAAM. It has range of more than 100 kms.

It also has modern guidance and navigation techniques.

The missile has midcourse guidance and Radio Frequency (RF) seeker based terminal guidance to achieve target destruction with pin point accuracy.

It has been developed by DRDO, together with Indian Air Force (IAF). Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has played a major role in modifying aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries have contributed in building Astra weapon system.

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IAF successfully conducts series of flight trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile

Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully undertaken series of flight trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) from September 26 to October 3, 2018. The tests were conducted at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore, Odisha as part of final development trials of the missile.

About test

The missile was tested in combination of complex tests for engagement of pilotless target in different modes of manoeuvring, off-boresight, medium and long ranges. These trials were combination of complex tests for engagement of pilotless target in different modes of manoeuvring, off-boresight, medium and long ranges. These tests make missile ready for induction in service in 2019.

Astra Missile

Astra is air to air beyond visual range air-to-air indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in development and production of different sub-systems of the missile.

It is one of the smallest weapon system developed by DRDO, having length of 3.8-metre and weighing 154kg. It is single stage solid fuelled missile and has payload capacity of 15 kg conventional explosives.

It can be launched from different altitudes and is capable of engaging targets at varying range and altitudes at both short-range targets (up to 20 km) in tail-chase mode and long-range targets (up to 80 km) in head-on mode. It is radar homing supersonic missile having maximum speed of Mach 4 (four times speed of sound). It possesses high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) making it highly reliable.

It is all-weather missile with active radar terminal guidance, excellent electronic counter-counter measure (ECCM) features, smokeless propulsion and process improved effectiveness in multi-target scenario.It has advance on-board electronic counter-measures that jam radar signals from enemy radar, making tracking of the missile difficult.

It is fitted with terminal active radar-seeker and an updated mid-course internal guidance system that helps missile to locate and track targets. The missile can be integrated with all fighter aircraft of IAF including Sukhoi-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, MiG-29, Jaguar and the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

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