India successfully launches 'Astra’ air-to-air missile from Su-30MKI aircraft

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 20, 2015


Astra, country’s indigenous Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile integrated by HAL on Su-30 MKI aircraft was successfully launched from Chandipur, Odisha.

“The successful launch is an important milestone in enhancing the armament capabilities of Su-30MKI aircraft. HAL played a vital role in this project in designing and developing the modification scheme for integration of the missile with aircraft navigation, aiming and weapon systems. HAL has also designed the Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) for data acquisition from aircraft sensors and online telemetry of aircraft data for real-time monitoring of aircraft handling qualities”, said T Suvarna Raju, Chairman, HAL. 

The challenging task was carried out by HAL with support from Indian Air Force, DRDO and other agencies.

Prior to the live launch, rigorous Captive Flight Tests (CFTs) were carried out by IAF with the support from HAL. The CFT trials were carried out in three phases to assess the aero-structural and mechanical integrity for carriage, validation of Weapon Control System and its electrical and avionic interfaces with missile and performance of missile system in transmission and reception mode of missile seeker respectively. The first live launch was carried out on May 4, 2014.

This is another step of continuous endeavours by HAL towards achieving self-reliance and realizing the ‘Make-in-India’ theme a success with DRDO as its key partner in fulfilling country’s defence needs. 

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Published on March 20, 2015
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