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DRDO plans to work on a new 280 km range air to air missile

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)

DRDO plans to work on a new 280 km range air to air missile
An IAF Sukhoi Su-30MKI firing Astra Mk1 BVRAAM (File Photo)


The 340 kilometers range Astra Mark III that is currently under development is powered by ramjet engine that beats the traditional solid-fueled motor in terms of range but the ramjet engine makes the  Astra Mark 3 too costly to acquire in large numbers.

The DRDO is developing a multi-pulse solid propellant rocket motor that will allow three pulses on a single motor for achieving long range while keeping per unit cost of the missile on the lower side.

The new missile will have a wider dimension that will allow it to have a range of 280 kilometers while costing half of ramjet-powered Astra Mark III.

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