MICA Mis­sile Fir­ing by 'TIGER' Squadron of IAF

India Strategic - - TALKING POINTS -

NEW DELHI. 'Tigers' the first squadron of In­dian Air Force, suc­cess­fully fired the re­cently ac­quired long range 'Be­yond Vis­ual Range' Air-to-Air MICA mis­sile on a ma­noeu­vring tar­get from Mi­rage-2000 Up­grade air­craft, Septem­ber 23. The mis­sile achieved a Di­rect Hit on a tar­get which was much smaller than an ac­tual air­craft and fly­ing at low al­ti­tude. The tar­get was de­stroyed on mis­sile im­pact val­i­dat­ing the launch en­ve­lope of the mis­sile. With the suc­cess of this mis­sion, the IAF has be­come one of the few Air Forces in the world with the ca­pa­bil­ity of such long range Be­yond Vis­ual Range Air- to- Air mis­sile. The op­er­a­tional suc­cess of this mis­sion confirms a crit­i­cal ca­pa­bil­ity of In­dian Air Force.

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