A visual and state-of-the-art Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft, along with the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), successfully test-fired from the Astra five times. The five test-operations of the Astra were conducted from September 16 to 19, 2019.
Along with test-firing, the Astra missile has completed the user testing phase. Now, the Astra BVRAM will be inducted into the Indian Air Force with the sound of DRDO assuring that it will prove to be a force multiplier due to its pinpoint accuracy and long-range to overcome airplane hazards.
The Su-30MKI fired the Asta against Jet Banshee, which has been imported from the United Kingdom for target practice. According to DRDO, the Jet Banshee simulated all possible threat scenarios and the Su-30 MKI was able to successfully hit the target aircraft.
All five Astra tests were performed in different configurations. While the Astra missile being launched in combat configurations with the goal of combat and maneuvers in three test-firing was neutralized, it established that the indigenous BVRAM had mastered the ultimate sporting capability. A test-firing jet Banshee had a direct collision by a telemetered missile at a maximum range of about 100 kilometers.
“All subsystems performed accurately to meet all mission criteria and objectives. The Astra BVRAM has a range of more than 100 km with modern guidance and navigation techniques. The missile has midcourse guidance and RF seeker-based terminal guidance with pinpoint accuracy. With the target achieves destruction.
The Chairman of DRDO and Secretary of Defense Research and Development Department, Dr. Yes. Satish Reddy congratulated “Team Astra” for developing a lethal and formidable BVRAM, saying that many of the technologies developed under the program would become the building blocks in developing future versions of Vayu. Air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles for the Indian Defense Forces.
In addition to DRDO and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), which made the necessary changes to the SU-30 MKI to integrate the Astra, more than 50 other public and private companies were involved in the development and manufacture of the Astra. The remaining fighter aircraft in the Indian Air Force fleet – Mirage-2000, Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-29 and Light Combat Aircraft CA Tejas will also be modified to carry the Astra.
Source: Zee News India