India’s BVR Air-to-Air Missile ‘ASTRA’ Successfully Test Fired
(Source: India Ministry of Defence; issued Mar 19, 2015)
The Indian-developed Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile, seen here fired from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter, performed well during its latest March 20 flight-test off the coast of Odisha state, HAL reported. A previous test on March 16 was aborted because of a malfunction. (HAL photo)
India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA was once again successfully test fired today by the Indian Air Force off the coast of Odisha near the Integrated Test Range, Balasore. The missile has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

In today’s test flight an ASTRA missile carrying telemetry equipment in place of the warhead was fired from a Sukhoi-30 aircraft against a Lakshya (Pilotless Target Aircraft) target. The target was successfully engaged and it was captured by Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations.

A successful trial of ASTRA, conducted yesterday, was also launched from a Sukhoi 30 aircraft, which was aimed at confirming missile’s capability to undergo manoeuvre involving very high gravitational forces upto the order of 30 ‘g’. These fourth and fifth launch campaign were coordinated by Air Headquarters including the flight of Lakshya target.

The Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad of the Missile Complex is the primary development agency for the missile. Dr. K. Jayaraman, Director, DRDL was present at the mission centre overseeing the trials along with Dr. Subhash Chandran, the Programme Director. Dr. VG Sekaran, Director General (Missiles & Strategic Systems) has congratulated the team of designers, technologists, production and quality agencies, and Air Force for developing and testing such a complex system which is comparable with the best in the world.

The Project Director Dr. S Venugopal said that “the fourth and fifth Air Launch of ASTRA was once again perfect in all respect and engaged the target with precision. More tests will follow to prove its repeatability.” He said Astra has proved its capability as a formidable weapon.

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HAL-Integrated Astra Missile Launched from SU-30MKI Aircraft
(Source: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.; issued March 20, 2015)
BENGALURU, India --- Astra, India’s first indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile integrated by HAL on Su-30 MKI aircraft, was successfully launched yesterday from Chandipur, Odisha.

“The successful launch is an important milestone in enhancing the armament capabilities of Su-30MKI aircraft. HAL played a vital role in this project in designing and developing the modification scheme for integration of the missile with aircraft navigation, aiming and weapon systems. HAL has also designed the Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) for data acquisition from aircraft sensors and online telemetry of aircraft data for real-time monitoring of aircraft handling qualities”, said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman, HAL.

The challenging task was carried out by HAL with support from Indian Air Force, DRDO and other agencies.

Prior to the live launch, rigorous Captive Flight Tests (CFTs) were carried out by IAF with the support from HAL. The CFT trials were carried out in three phases to assess the aero-structural and mechanical integrity for carriage, validation of Weapon Control System and its electrical and avionic interfaces with missile and performance of missile system in transmission and reception mode of missile seeker respectively.

The first live launch was carried out on May 4, 2014.

This is another step of continuous endeavours by HAL towards achieving self-reliance and realizing the “Make-in-India” theme a success with DRDO as its key partner in fulfilling India’s defence needs.

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