The anti-jamming capability of the air-to-air Astra missile was successfully validated in recent trials conducted by missile scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- After carrying out some more trials, including air launch trial with a warhead, the beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is set to be inducted into the Indian Air Force in 2016.
The ECCM (electronic counter-counter measure) features of the missile to overcome any jamming were evaluated.
About Astra Missile
Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Weight – 154 kg
Length – 3570 mm
Diameter – 178 mm
- It is designed to be capable of engaging targets at varying range and altitudes allowing for engagement of both short-range targets (up to 20 km) and long-range targets (up to 80 km).
- It is a state-of-the-art missile as it travels at supersonic speed (4780 km/h), possesses Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) with active radar terminal guidance
- It uses smokeless propulsion system to evade enemy radars and has the capacity to engage in multi-target scenario.
- It can reach up to 110 km when fired from an altitude of 15 km, 44 km when launched from an altitude of 8 km and 21 km when fired from sea level.
Apart from integrating the missile with Su-30, it is planned to be mounted on other fighter aircraft including Tejas Light Combat Aircraft, Mirage-2000 and MIG-29.
- The missile complex at Hyderabad and several DRDO laboratories in partnership with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and the Indian Air Force developed Astra.