Air-Launched Weapons

India's Tejas LCA successfully test-fires Derby BVRAAM

15 May 2017

India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has successfully test-fired a Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) in radar-guided mode.

"The missile launch was performed in 'lock-on after launch mode' for a beyond-visual-range (BVR) target in the look down mode, and the target was destroyed," India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 12 May statement.

The objective of the test was to assess the Derby's integration with systems on board the Tejas LCA, including the aircraft's avionics, fire-control radar, launchers, and missile weapon delivery system, to verify its performance.

The test was conducted on a manoeuvrable aerial target at India's Interim Test Range at Chandipur in the eastern state of Odisha.

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