Astra Mk1: Govt places order for 1st indigenous BVR missile

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Astra Mk1: Govt places order for 1st indigenous BVR missile

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) for the supply of the Astra Mark-1 for deployment on fighter jets of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

Astra Mk-1 Missile

  • A beyond visual range (BVR), air-to-air missile (AAM).
  • The Astra project was officially launched in the early 2000s with defined parameters and proposed future variants.
  • The missile has been designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • It will be deployed on fighter jets like Sukhoi-30 MKI and Tejas of the IAF and the Mig-29K of the Navy.
  • BVM missiles are capable of engaging beyond the range of 20 nautical miles or 37 kilometers.
Astra Mk-1Around 110 km,
Astra Mk-1(S)Smaller Version Under Development
Astra Mk-2Range over 150 km (under development )
Astra Mk-3longer range is being envisaged.

Other Feature

  • It can neutralize adversary airborne assets without exposing adversary air defence measures.
  • Stand-off range means the missile is launched at a distance sufficient to allow the attacking side to evade defensive fire from the target.
  • Astra is technologically and economically superior to many such imported missile
  • The missile can travel at speeds more than four times that of sound and can reach a maximum altitude of 20 km, making it extremely flexible for air combat.

Exam Track

Prelims Take Away

  • Astra Missile and Variants
  • DRDO
  • Tejas
  • Sukhoi-30 MKI
  • Mig-29K
  • Air To Air Missiles