Indian Air Force Flight Tests Astra Air-to-Air Missile from Su-30MKI Fighter Aircraft

Indian Air Force successfully test-fired its indigenously-developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) from its Su-30MKI fighter aircraft on Sept. 16, as part of user trials.

During the test, a live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of first indigenous air-to-air missile.

The mission profile was executed in a text book manner. Various Radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Sensors tracked the missile and confirmed its engagement with target, said an Indian Ministry of Defence statement.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and Air Force teams for the successful test.

Astra (“arrow”) is an all weather BVRAAM developed by the state-owned defence agency, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India and is the first air-to-air missile developed by India.

The missile features mid-course inertial guidance with terminal active radar homing and is designed to be capable of engaging targets at varying range and altitudes allowing for engagement of both short-range targets at a distance of 20 km and long-range targets up to a distance of 80 km.

Astra has been integrated with Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi Su-30MKI and will be integrated with Dassault Mirage 2000 and Mikoyan MiG-29 in the future. Limited series production of Astra missiles began in 2017.

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