Suc­cess­ful de­vel­op­ment tri­als of astra mis­sile

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

The fi­nal de­vel­op­ment flight tri­als of Astra – be­yond visual range air-to-air mis­sile (BVRAAM) were suc­cess­fully con­ducted over the Bay of Ben­gal, off the Coast of Chandipur, Odisha from Septem­ber 11 to 14, 2017. A to­tal of seven tri­als were con­ducted against pi­lot­less tar­get air­craft (PTA) suc­cess­fully.

The mis­sions in­cluded en­gage­ment of tar­get at very long range, en­gage­ment of high ma­noeu­vring tar­get at medium range and mul­ti­ple launches of mis­siles in salvo to en­gage mul­ti­ple tar­gets. All the sub-sys­tems in­clud­ing the indigenous RF Seeker per­formed ac­cu­rately, meet­ing all the mis­sion pa­ram­e­ters and ob­jec­tives. Two mis­siles were also launched in the com­bat con­fig­u­ra­tion with war­head and the tar­gets were neu­tral­ized.

This ef­fort for build­ing a state-of-the-art BVRAAM by De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO), to­gether with In­dian Air Force (IAF) has com­pleted the de­vel­op­ment phase of the weapon sys­tem suc­cess­fully. The Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited has played a role in mod­i­fy­ing the air­craft for weapon in­te­gra­tion. More than 50 pub­lic and pri­vate in­dus­tries have con­trib­uted in build­ing the Astra weapon sys­tem. Dr S. Venu­gopal, Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor led the launch op­er­a­tions and flight tri­als along with the teams from mul­ti­ple or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man con­grat­u­lated DRDO, IAF, De­fence Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ings (DPSUs) and in­dus­tries for the suc­cess­ful tri­als of Astra mis­sile. The Chair­man, DRDO, and Sec­re­tary Depart­ment of De­fence (R&D), Dr S. Christo­pher con­grat­u­lated the ‘Team Astra’ (DRDO, IAF, DPSU & In­dus­tries) for de­vel­op­ing and flight test­ing such a for­mi­da­ble class of weapon sys­tem. The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Mis­siles and Strate­gic Sys­tems Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, said the tech­nolo­gies de­vel­oped un­der the pro­gramme will be the build­ing blocks for de­vel­op­ment of more vari­ants of air-to-air and sur­face-to-air mis­siles.

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