Air-Launched Weapons

Aero India 2017: Rafael to offer Derby Mk III under 'Make in India' initiative

15 February 2017

Israel's Rafael is offering to locally build its Derby Mk III beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) for India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the company told Jane's on 14 February.

India's Tejas LCA platform has already successfully been configured with the baseline Derby missile as part of the aircraft's final operational clearance (FOC) phase in 2016.

The Derby Mk III is the Indian version of the I-Derby Extended Range (ER) missile unveiled at Aero India 2015, which features new capabilities over the original Derby, including a dual-pulse rocket motor, software-defined radio-frequency seeker, and maximum range of 100 km. The Derby Mk III and the short-range, infrared-guided Python 5 are currently under consideration and evaluation by Indian Air Force (IAF) to arm Tejas, according to Rafael.

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