Indian Air Force To Receive The First Batch Of ASTRA BVR-AAR Missile

The Indian Airforce (IAF) is set to receive its first batch of the Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) by the end of 2019. The Ministry of Defence, along with the IAF, has placed the procurement order for a 100 BVR-AAR missiles.

The Astra missile has been designed and manufactured by the Indian Defence Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) company Bharat Electric Limited (BEL). Currently, a combined strength of more than 50 public and private sector companies are jointly developing a series of subsystems for the missile.

Test launch of the indigenously designed ASTRA (BVR-AAM)

The IAF’s Sukhoi 30 Fighter jet will be the first fighter aircraft to be fitted with indigenously built Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile.

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