Order to buy 248 Astra missile from China on increasing tension

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New DelhiThe Indian Air Force has received the first consignment of indigenous Astra MK-1 Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air 50 missiles amid tension on the China border. It is capable of attack for a long distance of about 100 kilometers. Astra MK-1 missiles are launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI at a height of 66 thousand feet to a maximum of 4.5. The launch will be possible with MAC speed. The Indian Air Force and Navy are already using the Astra missile but after the tension on the Ladakh border increases, the two armies will be able to purchase 248 missiles. was ordered.

On 2 July, amid tensions at the China border, the Ministry of Defense also approved the acquisition of 248 Astra Beyond Visual Range Air to Air missiles for the Indian Air Force and Navy. Beyond Visual Range Air to Air ‘Astra’ missiles that attack for a distance of 100 kilometers will increase the strength of the Navy and Air Force manifold, as the range of this missile exceeds the visual range. The Astra missile is 3.6 m (12 ft) long, has a diameter of 178 mm (7.0 in) and weighs 154 kg (340 lb). The Astra is equipped with electronic counter-countermeasures, It therefore executes its operation by thwarting the enemy’s efforts. Astra missiles can reach speeds of 4.5 Mach and operate from a maximum height of 20 km (66 thousand feet). Can. The maximum range of the Astra is 110 km (68 mi) in head-on chase mode and 20 km (12 mi) in tail chase mode.

Ground tests were conducted from 2003 to 2012 in three different configurations to test the Astra missile’s airframe, propulsion system, control system, dual mode guidance and night firing capability. The carriage trials were carried out in 2009 and 2013 on the Sukhoi-30 MKI. It was first aired in May 2014. On March 18, 2016, the missile was publicly fired during an exercise from the Sukhoi-30 MKI. The Astra was tested twice in September 2017 during a series of seven tests. The Astra managed to hit a target at a distance of 90 km (56 mi) during user trials in 2019. After that it was inducted into the Indian Air Force and Navy.

Three new way variants are planned for the future after the Astra Mark-1. The Astra Mark-2 has a range of 160 km (99 mi) while the propulsion system features a liquid-fuel ramjet, Solid-fuel ramjet and dual pulse solid rocket motors are included. The maximum range of the Astra Mark-3 will be 340 km (210 mi) equal to that of the French Meteor missile. This missile will use the newly developed solid fuel ducted ramjet (SFDR) technology. .

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