ASTRA air-to-air missile
Science & Technology
25th Aug, 2023
Recently, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Limited Series Production-7 (LSP-7) successfully test fired the ASTRA indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile off the coast of Goa.
- The Astra project was officially launched in the early 2000s with defined parameters and proposed future variants.
- Around 2017, the development phase of the Mk-1 version was complete.
- Several successful tests have been conducted since 2017 from Sukhoi-30 MKIs.
About ASTRA indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR):
- The Astra Mk-1 is a Air-to-Air Missile (AAM).
- BVM missiles are capable of engaging beyond the range of 20 nautical miles or 37 kilometers.
- AAMs are fired from an airborne asset to destroy an airborne target.
- The range for Astra Mk-1 is around 110 km.
- The Mk-2 with a range over 150 km is under development and Mk-3 version with a longer range is being envisaged.
- One more version of Astra, with a range smaller than Mk-1 is also under development.
- Designed and Developed by:
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)