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Indigenous ASTRA Beyond Visual Range air-to-air missile


Source: PIB

 Context: The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) LSP-7, known as “Tejas,” successfully launched the indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile called ASTRA.

  • The missile was fired from the aircraft at an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet and achieved all test objectives flawlessly.

The test was closely supervised by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), and Directorate General of Aeronautical Quality Assurance (DG-AQA).


About ASTRA:

  • ASTRA is an advanced BVR air-to-air missile developed by various DRDO laboratories, including the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI).
  • It’s designed to engage and destroy agile supersonic aerial targets.


To read about LCA Tejas: Click here