NEW DELHI. India has successfully conducted the development trials of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) Astra. Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted a series of flight trials of Astra BVR-AAM at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore from September 26 to October 3 as part of final development trials of the missile.
The trials were a combination of complex tests for engagement of pilotless target in different modes of manoeuvring, off-boresight, medium and long ranges. The missiles were telemetered for evaluation of online performance of all sub-systems especially the datalink, RF seeker and proximity fuse for end-game performance.
Astra has been tested six times under different launch conditions and ranges as part of the final development trial. The missile has engaged targets and all the mission objectives have been met.
With IAF’s active participation, DRDO has developed the missile and integrated the weapon on Su-30 and other air platforms. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Nasik has been instrumental in the modification of a number of Su-30 aircrafts for Astra weapon integration and support during trials.
More than 50 private and public sector industries are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile. The missile is expected to be inducted into IAF in 2019.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has congratulated India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), IAF, HAL and associated industries for successful trials.