India’s first indigenous Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAM) for fighter jets, the Astra, is now ready for induction after 15 torture years of development, with the DRDO asking the Indian Air Force for its Sukhoi at least 200 missiles are expected to be launched. 30MKI Jet.
The Defense Research and Development Organization is already working to expand Astra’s strike range from the current 110 km to over 160 km. “Astra is one of the best BVRAMS in the world today. We can develop it for long distances, ”DRDO chief Dr. G Satheesh Reddy said while talking to TOI.
Officials say India has joined a handful of countries, such as the US, Russia, France, and Israel, in developing such advanced air warhead missiles, which are highly agile enemy supersonic fighter jets packed with “counter-steps” over long distances. Can destroy.
The importance of deadly air-to-air missiles was underscored during a skirmish between Indian and Pakistani fighters along the Line of Control on February 27, a day after the Air Force jets bombed the JeM facility in Balakot.
The sleek 3.57-meter-long Astra, with a mass of 154 kg, flies four times the speed of sound at Mach 4.5. To be manufactured by Defense PSU India Dynamics for around Rs 7-8 crore per unit, the Astra will be a much cheaper indigenous option for some expensive Russian, French and Israeli BVRAAMs currently imported for Arm IAF fighters.
After Sukhoi of Russian origin, indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft will also be equipped with All-Weather Astra.
The missile, capable of handling multi-target scenarios, has “state-of-the-art ECCM (electronic counter-counter measure), which is designed to deal with hostile aircraft, active radar terminal guidance and” highly accurate complex end-game-placements. Is for. High “single-shot hitting probability” for both head-on and tail-chase modes.
The DRDO is all but ejected after five successful trials of the Astra from the Sukhoi fighter jets against the Jet Banshee target aircraft or UAVs, taking into account all possible threats, off Odisha’s Chandipur coast last week.
“The target was hit with pinpoint accuracy from 80 to 86 km. An official said that the technologies developed under the program would be the building blocks for the future development of air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles.
India has developed long-range nuclear missiles such as Agni-V, which have a strike range of more than 5,000 km, but until now had faltered in the manufacture of BVRAAMs. Ever since the missile project was first approved at an initial cost of Rs 955 crore in March 2005, the Astra faced several technical glitches such as a faulty aerodynamic configuration.