India Successfully Tests Astra Missile from Su-30 MKI

The BVR-AAM Astra missile has a dual pulse motor rocket, which makes it very maneuverable during the chase and thus provides missiles with high killing chance in one shot, as reported from the Indian Defense Ministry.

India Successfully Tests Astra Missile from Su-30 MKI

The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), in collaboration with the Indian Air Force, has successfully tested Astra, an out-of-range air-to-air missile (BVR-AAM), from the Su-30MKI fighter jet on Wednesday.

The missile can involve targets at a distance of 90 - 120 km when launched at an altitude of 15 km, a distance of 44 km when launched at an altitude of 8 km and a distance of 21 km when launched from sea level.

"The missile managed to maneuver high-precision targets that have fulfilled mission objectives. In a series of trials held to date, Astra has been launched through Su-30MKI fighter jets, "said the Indian Ministry of Defense.

Adding that this flight testing is very significant because it is part of a series of last pre-induction trials. Indian Defense Ministry claims that Astra is the best in its class and has experienced more than 20 tests during development.

Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman praised the effort and said that India had achieved a high level of capability in the field of design and development of advanced weapons systems.

Last year, DRDO has replaced the active search radar 9B1103M made in Russia which is used in the early version of Astra missiles, with Indian-made Ku-band seekers developed by the Imarat Research Center (RCI) in Hyderabad.

India's state-owned company, Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) has made arrangements to supply bulk orders ahead of schedule through special production facilities established in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.