Saturday, December 22, 2012

India's Astra BVRAAM Test-fired From Ground

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DRDO Statement: Astra, the ‘Air to Air’ guided missile being developed by DRDO was successfully flight test meeting all the mission parameters, in its full configuration, at 1530 hrs on Saturday, the 22nd December 2012, from the Integrated Test Range – ITR, Odisha. The missile fired from the ground based launcher successfully intercepted the target in mid-air. Lakshya, the indigenously developed Pilotless Target Aircraft was used as the target. Astra is a ‘state of the art’, ‘Beyond the Visual Range’ (BVR) air to air missile being developed for the air force. Some more tests will be carried out from the ground launchers to generate data, which will be followed by launches from various aerial platforms.

13 comments :

Anonymous said...

Too late too less range. They should have tested this a decade earlier. If they can do AAD this should not have taken much time. Test if fast and enhace the range to 120kms and make it standard on all IAF aircrafts.

Anonymous said...

slight correction. It is not the Lakshya itself which is the target. It is a towed target from Lakshya.

Indranil

Anonymous said...

Is it radar guided?

Rahul Samanta(Kolkata) said...

Shiv, I heard somewhere that Astra is also being developed as a SAM(Surface to Air)....Is this test a part to validate the SAM characteristics?

Anonymous said...

Fuel... HTPB... Metallic... lithium based?...

Anonymous said...

Too heavy and bulky, would take another 10 years to get into service. Remember Nag, Trishul - even after 20 years of development not in service yet.

AMIT BISWAS said...

vvip helicopters aw101 touched down palam air base....pl get more details about it

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the Shaurya Missile??? Last it was seen in 2010 republic day parade, didnt hear of any tests or development related news after that????

Mr. RA said...

Good! Further tests only will justify its mettle.

Anonymous said...

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sents said...

What is the range?

Anonymous said...

Ok it will be in production after 30 yrs

Anonymous said...

How does it fare in comparison to python-5?