Indian Air Force successfully flight experiments, Indian Air Force on Tuesday -successfully flight-tested air to air missile Astra off the beach of Odisha.
The missile was driven from Su-30 MKI as a member of User trials. “The live aerial target was involved accurately confirming the capacity of the first indigenous air to air missile,” the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
The statement approved that the mission-profile was performed in a textbook manner. “Various Radars, Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Sensors tracked the missile and strengthened its engagement with the target,” the defence report said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh complimented DRDO and Air Force teams for the successful test.
Indian Air Force successfully flight experiments, Astra is an original Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Astra missile with a range of over 70 km. The weapon can fly towards its target at a speed of over 5,555 kilometres per hour. It has a 15-kilogramme high-explosive pre-fragmented warhead.
Defence Research and Development Organisation has received the Astra missile along with 50 other public and private corporations, involved at different stages of its development.
Changes of the Sukhoi-30 MKI jets to accommodate Astra missiles has been carried out by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)..