Astra missile has proven Anti-jamming capability with successful testing [ Current Affairs ]

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Anti-jamming capability of the Astra missile has been recently successfully tested by Scientist from Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Within the first trials missiles ECCM (electronic counter-counter measure) features to overcome any blocking was successfully evaluated.

  • After the missile’s RF seeker and other electronic components were sought to be jammed in the earlier trials this test was directed.
  • In future some more trials will be carried out like air launch trial with a warhead; the missile will be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2015.

About Astra missile:

  • Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed this indigenously named Astra missile and it is one of the smallest weapon systems developed by it.
  • This missile has payload capacity up to 15 kg conventional explosives and it is radar homing missile fuelled by single stage solid fuel.
  • It has facility to launch from different altitudes and it is air-to-air beyond-visual-range (BVR) all-weather missile.
  • It owns Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) with range of 60-km plus that makes it one of the most reliable in its class of weapon systems.
  • It has capacity to engaging and destroying highly controllable supersonic aerial targets and it can destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speed of 1.2 Mach to 1.4 Mach.
  • Up to 80 km it can engage targets in head-on and tail-chase up to 20 km modes.
  • When this missile fired from an altitude of 15 km it can reach up to altitude of 110 km.
  • DRDO and Indian Air Force want to integrate the missile with fighter aircraft including Sukhoi-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, MiG-29, Jaguar and the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

- Published on: December 30, 2015