Astra missile successfully test-fired from Sukhoi-30

Date: May 22, 2015

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Air-to-Air Missile ASTRA Test-Fired

The indigenously-developed beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Astra was successfully launched from Su-30 MKI fighter jet in two developmental trials conducted at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.In the first trial, the supersonic missile was released when the fighter jet was performing a “very high-g manoeuvre”.  In the second trial, the manoeuvre was higher than in the first exercise. 

With this test, seven developmental trials were conducted and the missile is expected to be inducted by 2016 after few more tests, including pre-induction trials.

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About Astra:

     It is the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air
     It is an all-weather, state-of-the-art missile developed by DRDO and can engage and destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speed (1.2 Mach to 1.4 Mach) in head-on (up to 80 km) and tail-chase (up to 20 km) modes.
     The 3.8 metre tall Astra is a radar homing missile and the smallest of the DRDO-developed missiles and can be launched from different altitudes.
     It can reach up to 110 km when fired from an altitude of 15 km, 44 km when launched from an altitude of eight km and 21 km when fired from sea level.