Astra BVR Air-to-Air Missile

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Context:

  • Astra, the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), was successfully test fired by the Indian Air Force from Su-30 aircraft, from Air Force Station, Kalaikunda.
  • The missile successfully engaged a manoeuvring target with high precision meeting the mission objectives.
  • In the series of trials held to date, Astra has been launched in the complete Su-30 flight envelope.

About Astra

  • Astra is the best in the class weapon system.
  • Astra an all-weather beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.
  • Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • It is the first air-to-air missile developed by India.
  • It features mid-course inertial guidance with terminal active radar homing.
  • Astra 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 (12 mi) and long-range targets up to a distance of 80 km (50 mi).

Source: PIB