DRDO conducts five trails of Air-to-Air Missile ‘Astra’; All successful, from Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha.
➢ It is a state-of-the-art BVRAAM. It has range of more than 100 kms.
➢ It also has modern guidance and navigation techniques.
➢ The missile has midcourse guidance and Radio Frequency (RF) seeker based terminal guidance to achieve target destruction with pin point accuracy.
➢ It has been developed by DRDO, together with Indian Air Force (IAF). Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has played a major role in modifying aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries have contributed in building Astra weapon system.
These trials were held from 16-19 September 2019 and were conducted by Indian Air Force (IAF) against Jet Banshee target aircraft simulating all possible threat scenarios.