Development trials of Astra BVR-AAM

Issue: 11 / 2018

A series of flight trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) was conducted successfully by the Indian Air Force (IAF) from September 26 to October 3, 2018 at Integrated Test Range, Balasore. The trials were a combination of complex tests for engagement of pilotless target in different modes of manoeuvring, off-boresight at medium and long ranges. Astra has been tested six times under different launch conditions and ranges as part of the final development trial. With IAF’s active participation, DRDO has developed the missile and integrated the weapon on Su-30 and other air platforms. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Nasik has been instrumental in the modification of a number of Su-30 aircraft for Astra weapon integration and support during the trials. More than 50 private and public sector companies are involved in the development and production of different sub-systems of the missile. The missile is expected to be inducted into the IAF in 2019. Raksha Mantri Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO, IAF, HAL and associated industries for successful trials.