Air-to-air missile ”Astra” fired successfullySeptember 13th, 2008 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI
Chandipur (Orissa), Sept 13 (ANI): India on Saturday successfully test fired the ”Astra”, which is an active radar homing Beyond Visual Range Air-To-Air Missile (BVRAAM), from the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur in Orissa.
The ”Astra” missile was test-fired from a launcher in the launch pad number 2 of the ITR complex at about 12:05 p.m., defence sources said.
“Before being made fully operational, the complex missile system would undergo some more trials, though test on its navigation, control, air frame, propulsion and other sub-system have been validated,” said a source from the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) at ITR.
A so-called Beyond Visual Range missile is being developed by DRDO. This is the first air-to-air missile developed by India. If developed successfully, India would join a group of countries that are US, France, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Africa and China.
The range of Astra is 80 km in head-on chase and 15 km in tail chase. The missile’’s onboard radio-frequency seeker has been designed in India. It will have an active homing range of 15 km.
The missile has a pre-fragmented warhead and is fitted with a proximity fuze. A radar fuze already exists for the Astra, but the DRDO is currently working on a new laser fuze. (ANI)
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