High Speed Camera’s photo shows of Astra Beyond Visual Range missile moments after separation from Su-30MKI

A new BVRAAM (Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile) was successfully test-fired from an Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI.

On May 4, an Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI successfully test-fired an Astra missile, India’s first Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile, on a naval range.

The Astra is an indigenous all-weather missile with active radar terminal guidance, excellent ECCM (electronic counter-counter measures) capabilities, smokeless propulsion, a range in excess of 60-km, featuring a high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP).

The new missile is developed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that, after the test on May 4 released some interesting shots, including the one taken from an underwing pylon’s high speed camera seconds after separation.

Image credit: DRDO


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