Balasore: Astra, the beyond visual range air-to-air missile, is all set for production and later induction into the armed forces.
In a set of seven development trials conducted during September 11-14 over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha, the missile hit and destroyed pilotless target aircraft, the Ministry of Defence claimed in a statement today.
With these final trials, the indigenous missile system, developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) with the active participation of several private industries and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, will be manufactured by Hyderabad-based Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL).
The missile is the product of research and development by the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), while its avionics and RF Seeker have been developed by the RCI.
In another exercise, two missiles launched in the combat configuration with warheads neutralised their targets. With this, DRDO together with the Indian Air Force (IAF) has completed the development phase of the weapon system successfully.