Astra ballistic flight test carried out


India on Friday carried out the ballistic flight test of Astra — Beyond-Visual-Range Air-to-Air Missile — from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near here today.

The missile was fired around 0950 hours, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources said, adding two more tests are likely to be conducted in the next two days.

The missile is envisaged to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speeds in the head-on mode at a range of 80 km and in tail-chase mode at 20 km.

“The main purpose of today’s trial is to gauge the performance of the motor, propulsion system and the configurations of the vehicle and aero-dynamics evaluation,” said a DRDO scientist.

The data is being analysed by the scientists to ascertain the outcome of the trial.

The missile, after its final trials, would be integrated with fighter aircraft Su-30 MKI.

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