The missile has a strike range of 70km. (PIB)
The missile has a strike range of 70km. (PIB)

Watch: Astra missile successfully flight tested from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet

  • The Astra missile has a 15-kg high-explosive pre-fragmented warhead
  • The Astra missile is a beyond visual range missile


India on Tuesday successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed air-to-air missile Astra that was fired from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet.

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Here are the main features of this missile:

  • The state-of-the-art missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI off the coast of Odisha as part of user trials by the Indian Air Force(IAF).
  • The missile is designed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • The Astra missile is a beyond visual range missile. It is capable of engaging different targets at different altitudes.
  • The missile has a strike range of 70km.
  • The missile has a 15-kg high-explosive pre-fragmented warhead.


"The live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of first indigenous air-to-air missile," the statement said.

Noting that the mission profile was executed in a textbook manner, it said various radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and sensors tracked the missile and confirmed its engagement with target.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO and IAF teams for the successful test, the statement said.

( With Agency Inputs)

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