IAF successfully test fires Astra air-to-air missile

IANSUpdated: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 05:54 PM IST
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Test fire of Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Astra missile off Odisha coast under the guidance of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). | PTI Photo

New Delhi: India's indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra was successfully test-fired from the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha on Tuesday.

The beyond-visual-range missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI as a part of user trials.

A defence official said as part of the trial, the live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of the first indigenous air-to-air missile. "The mission profile was executed in a text book manner," said an official.

Various radars, electro-optical tracking system and sensors tracked the missile and confirmed its engagement with the target.

Astra has been designed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), the premier research and development organisation of the armed forces in the country.

The Astra is capable of engaging targets of different ranges and altitudes including long-range as well as short-range targets.

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