India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM).
The final flight tests of the locally developed weapon system were conducted from 11–14 September over the Bay of Bengal, the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) reported on 15 September, pointing out that a total of seven trials were successfully carried out against pilotless target aircraft.
The missions included the engagement of targets at very long range, the engagement of high-manoeuvring targets at medium range, and multiple launches of missiles in salvo to engage multiple targets.
“All the sub-systems, including the indigenous RF [radio frequency] seeker, performed accurately, meeting all the mission parameters and objectives,” stated the PIB, adding that the development phase of the system has been completed.
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