HomeAatmanirbhar BharatIndia to test fire 300km Astra Mk3 BVRAAM in 2024

India to test fire 300km Astra Mk3 BVRAAM in 2024

Source : Hindustan Times


India to test fire 300km Astra Mk3 BVRAAM in 2024
160-200km range Astra Mk2 (Above) and 300km+ range Astra Mk3 (Bottom)




India is developing two advanced variants of the Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missiles, with one of them capable of striking targets at a range of 160km, when ready, and the other at almost 300km, senior government officials said on Friday on the condition of anonymity.

The Astra Mk-2 and Mk-3 missiles are likely to be tested next year and in 2024 respectively, and are among the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) key ongoing programmes, said one of the officials cited above. The current Astra Mk-1 variant has a range of around 100km.

The defence ministry on May 31 signed a 
2,971-crore contract with Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) to equip the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy with Astra Mk-1 missiles and associated equipment, which was seen as a shot in the arm for “Atmanirbharta”, or self-reliance, in the defence manufacturing sector.

DRDO has transferred technology to BDL for the production of the Astra Mk-1 and associated systems.

“Future air combat will be about detecting and striking targets at the farthest possible range. It will be the outcome of increase in the detection ranges of radars and the advent of longer-range missiles. It is important for India to develop missiles like Astra Mk-2 and Mk-3 to meet IAF’s requirements,” said Air Marshal Anil Chopra (retd), director general, Centre for Airpower Studies.

China has developed the PL-15 beyond visual range air-to-air missile that can hit targets at around 200km, while the Meteor with a range of around 160 km is considered the best in its class in the western world, and the new Astra variants will put India in the big league, he added.

The Astra Mk-1 missile has been fully integrated with the Sukhoi-30 fighters and will now add to the capabilities of other combat planes including the Tejas light combat aircraft, the officials said. Also, the navy’s MiG-29K fighters, which operate from India’s sole aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, will be equipped with the Astra Mk-1 missile.

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis has exposed India’s overwhelming dependence on imported weaponry, especially from Russia, and underlined the urgent need for speeding up the indigenisation drive to become self-reliant.

Long-range missiles allow fighter jets to shoot down hostile aircraft from a significant standoff range, staying out of the adversary’s air defence envelope.

India has imposed a phased ban on the import of 310 different types of weapons and systems during the last two years to boost self-reliance in the defence manufacturing sector.

These include lightweight tanks, naval utility helicopters, artillery guns, missiles, destroyers, ship-borne cruise missiles, light combat aircraft, light transport aircraft, long-range land-attack cruise missiles, basic trainer aircraft, multi-barrel rocket launchers, assault rifles, sniper rifles, specified types of helicopters, next-generation corvettes and airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems.

The 310 weapons and systems that have to be developed in the country were notified in three separate positive indigenisation lists published by the defence ministry in August 2020, May 2021 and April 2020.

Since the notification of the first and second lists, contracts for 31 projects worth 
53,839 crore have been signed by the defence services as of April 2022, according to defence ministry data.

Also, acceptance of necessity (AoN) for 83 projects worth 
1,77,258 crore was accorded by April 2022, and cases worth 2,93,741 crore will be taken up in the next five to seven years.

The domestic industry is likely to receive orders worth 
2,10,000 crore in the next five years as a result of the third list, according to the defence ministry’s projections.

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aatmanirbhar Bharat

All

Small cap Aerospace & Defence Enters Into Agreements With DRDO

Small cap Aerospace & Defence company Apollo Micro Systems Limited on Sept 23, 2023, informed that it has signed multiple agreements with the Defence...

Larsen and Toubro (L&T) hands over upgraded Cadillac Gage V-150 and V-300 Armored Vehicles to Vietnam

Source : Frontier IndiaLarsen and Toubro (L&T) hands over upgraded Cadillac Gage V-150 and V-300 Armored Vehicles to VietnamThe Philippine Ministry of Defence is...

AMCA 5th Generation Stealth Fighter Updates

Most Popular

Recent Comments

Archive Months

Miscellanous

INS Vikrant to get battle-ready post-monsoon after INS Vikramaditya

Source : Hindustan TimesIndian Navy is racing against time to get aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya battle-ready before the onset of monsoon with fighter operations...

China records biggest ever database leak in history, 1 billion personal data breached

Source : Asian News International (ANI)Exhibitors show a big data visual analysis decision platform during the 2018 China international big data industry expo in...

Russia’s 5th-Gen Stealth Fighter ‘Su-75 Checkmate’ to start flight testing by 2024; Looks to compete with Gripen, F-35A

Source : The EurAsian TimesRussian Sukhoi Su-75 Checkmate 5th Generation Stealth FighterWith plans to start flight tests as early as 2024, Russia has declared...

Indian troops show their mettle during giant multinational exercise in Egypt

Indian Army troops continue to share their expertise and techniques with participating contingents during the ongoing Exercise Bright Star in Egypt.This is for...

Uttam AESA Radar ready for Tejas Mk1A and Mk2 : Uttam derivative on Su-30 by 2025 : AMCA Radar under production

Source : IgMp BureauUttam AESA radar versions and its usage on Sukhoi Su-30 and Tejas MWF (All CGI are copyright© product of Artist Kuntal...

India’s State-owned Shipyards to accelerate Warship Construction

India’s shipbuilding prowess has experienced a remarkable acceleration, fueled by advancements in technology, design software, modern construction techniques, and a burgeoning domestic manufacturing...

Global Anti-Terror body FATF Chief meets Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi

Source : Press Trust of India (PTI)Home Minister Amit Shah meets Financial Action Task Force (FATF) President T. Raja KumarNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit...

JK: Army colonel and major, Deputy SP killed in gunfight with terrorists

Three security force officers including an Army Colonel were killed in a gunfight with terrorists in Kokernag area of Kashmir’s Anantnag district, officials...

Indian Navy plans to arm frontline warships with SMART long range missile cum torpedo system

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)DRDO-developed long-range Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) systemThe DRDO-developed long-range Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system will...

Bharat Forge in talks with at least 10-12 countries for defence exports: Baba Kalyani

Baba Kalyani talks about the company’s business opportunities, expanding portfolio and R&D investmentThere is an urgent need shorten acquisition process to reduce military...

LCA Tejas Mk1A to receive two European missiles Meteor BVRAAM and ASRAAM missile to boost its firepower

Source : Indian Defence Updates (IDU)LCA Tejas Mk1A to receive two European missiles Meteor BVRAAM and ASRAAM missile to boost its firepower Light Combat Aircraft...

Indian Air Force Grounds entire MiG-21 Fleet After Rajasthan Crash

Source : Outlook IndiaIndian Air Force Grounds entire MiG-21 Fleet After Rajasthan Crash Two weeks after a MiG-21 fighter plane crashed in Rajasthan, the Indian...

4 security personnel killed in terror activity along Pakistan-Iran border

Source : Asian News International (ANI)Representative ImageIslamabad : The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media and PR wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces has...

India-Malaysia joint military exercise ‘Harimau Shakti’ commences

Source : Asian News International (ANI)The Indian Army contingent participating in 'Harimau Shakti - 2022' (Image: Twitter/@adgpi)New Delhi: India-Malaysia joint military Exercise ‘Harimau Shakti...
Visits

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker

Refresh Page
error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: