HOMEGROWN BVRAAM ‘ASTRA’ PROPELS INDIA TO 6TH WORLD POWER IN DEFENCE

HOMEGROWN BVRAAM ‘ASTRA’ PROPELS INDIA TO 6TH WORLD POWER IN DEFENCE


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todays News is HOMEGROWN BVRAAM ‘ASTRA’ PROPELS INDIA TO
6TH WORLD POWER IN DEFENCE by Hemant Kumar Rout India�s quest for a complex air-to-air missile
system seems to be over as after 15 years in the making Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air
Missile (BVRAAM), Astra has completed developmental trials.The homegrown missile capable of detecting
and destroying highly manoeuvrable targets, moving at a supersonic speed, will soon be
inducted in the armed forces making the country sixth nation in the world to have such capability. Final round flight trials were successfully
conducted from Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft by Indian Air Force (IAF) over the Bay of
Bengal off Odisha coast. Altogether seven missiles were fired against
Pilotless Target Aircraft (PTA) during the last four days. Defence sources said, the missile was fired
at very long range and different altitudes. It successfully engaged high manoeuvring targets
at medium range while multiple launches of the missile were carried out in salvo mode
to engage multiple targets. All the sub-systems, including the indigenous
Radio Frequency (RF) seeker performed accurately, meeting all the mission parameters and objectives. Two missiles were also launched in the combat
configuration with warhead and the targets were neutralised.Director General of Missiles
and Strategic Systems Dr G Satheesh Reddy said, state-of-the-art technologies developed
under the Astra program will be the building blocks for development of more variants of
air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles. Earlier, the IAF was mostly dependent on Russian
and Israeli air-to-air systems to meet its battlefield requirements. Once inducted, the all weather and all terrain
Astra missile could be the mainstay of the nation�s territorial air defence in its
category. Developed by Defence Research and Development
Organisation (DRDO), first ground test of the missile was conducted in May 2003. While it was test fired in the night and in
inclement weather in June 2010, first trial from a fighter aircraft was carried out in
May 2014. The missile was fired against an actual target
in 2012 when it destroyed a drone. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has played
a role in modifying the aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries
have contributed in building the Astra weapon system which has a strike range of 20 km to
100 km. Programme Director, Dr S Venugopal led the
launch operations and flight trials along with the teams from multiple organisations. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
and DRDO Chairman and Secretary of Department of Defence (R&D) Dr S Christopher have congratulated
DRDO, IAF, Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) and industries for the successful trials
of Astra missile, a formidable class of weapon system.

Eugene Islam

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