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Astra Missile

  • 18 Sep 2019
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Recently, ASTRA the first indigenously developed air-to-air missile was successfully flight-tested off the coast of Odisha.

  • The missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI.
  • The Astra missile is developed by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • It works on the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) technology that enables the fighter-pilots to shoot precisely at the enemy targets which are beyond their visual range.
  • The specifications of the missile are:
    • Speed: over 5,555 km per hour or 4.5 mach
    • Range: over 70 km,
    • Payload/warhead capacity: 15 kg.
    • Features:
      • Electronic Counter-Countermeasures or ECCM feature enables Astra missile to overcome defensive measures put forth for the target by the enemy.
      • Another deadly feature of this missile is the option to choose between “Lock-on Before Launch – LOBL” and “Lock-on After Launch – LOAL”
        • Lock-on After Launch option allows the fighter aircraft to safely shoot and scoot after launching the missile towards the target.
  • Astra is extremely effective in a multi-target scenario and therefore, has been described as the most potent weapon system for IAF’s combat aircraft.

Source: PIB

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