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MoD’s year-end assessment reveals already conducted test of SFDR aka Astra Mk3 BVRAAM in 2023

Source : IgMp Bureau

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially stated in its year-end assessment that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has achieved significant milestones in the domain of air-to-air missile technology. While specific details are classified, the review highlights the successful testing of an advanced air-to-air missile propelled by a state-of-the-art “Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)” propulsion system.

MoD’s year-end assessment reveals already conducted test of SFDR aka Astra Mk3 BVRAAM in 2023

MoD's year-end assessment reveals already conducted test of SFDR aka Astra Mk3 BVRAAM in 2023
A Computer Generated Image of SFDR (Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet) based Astra Mark 3 Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile by 3D defence aerospace tech artist Kuntal Biswas

This marks a continuation of DRDO’s demonstration of SFDR capabilities, with the previous year witnessing the successful flight testing of the SFDR booster, laying the groundwork for further advancements. The technology holds the promise of substantially improving the range and performance of Indian air-to-air missiles.

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SFDR is closely linked to the Astra Mk3 program, designed to create a new long-range air-to-air missile with an impressive range of 350 kilometres. This positions it alongside the European Meteor missile, a potent beyond-visual-range weapon system. The Astra Mk3 aims to counter threats from airborne platforms such as Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) and aerial tankers, significantly reinforcing India’s air defense capabilities.

DRDO’s aspirations extend beyond the Astra Mk3. The organization is set to develop an extended-range surface-to-air variant of the missile, further broadening its defensive capabilities. This underscores DRDO’s dedication to furnishing the Indian Armed Forces with state-of-the-art air defense systems, capable of deterring and neutralizing a diverse array of aerial threats.

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