India’s Astra BVR AAM made about flight (Figure)
India’s domestic air to air missile Astra
Indian “Indian Defense Online” website October 21, 2009 reported that India’s self-developed “Astra” (Astra) air to air missile is now ready, is about to begin its first flight test. This self-developed BVR (beyond visual range, BVR) air to air missiles, once successfully developed, will enable the Indian Air Force’s fighter force, including the Su-30MKI, MiG-29, “Phantom” -2000 and “brilliant” (Tejas that LCA) light aircraft, have a kind of powerful weapons.
in the upcoming test, the “Astra” missile by the Indian Air Force Su-30MKI fighters to carry. This stage is called captive flight test (captive flight trial), mainly used to assess the “Astra” missile can withstand supersonic flight and high-speed mobile state of physical stress. The beginning of 2010 will enter the mooring II flight test (captive-II flight trial) stage, the main test onboard electronic device with the Su-30MKI fighter jets are fully compatible.
“Astra” missile defense research and development of India’s state-owned laboratories (Defence Research and Development Laboratory, DRDL) for the Indian Air Force developed an advanced air to air missiles. The supersonic missile in the state to intercept enemy aircraft head-way when a range of 80 km chase mode and 20 km. When the operational altitude of 20,000 meters, “Astra” missile can hit targets in the air 44 one thousand meters away, and the development of the “Astra” Mk Ⅱ missile range will further increase to 80 km. (China Aviation Industry Development Research Center Chen Li)
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